Petition against death penalty in Sri Lanka to be called on October 1

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - The writ application challenges the decision of the President to sentence to death those in death row.

The writ application filed by former editor of The Nation newspaper Malinda Seneviratne will be called in the Court of Appeal on October 1, 2019.

This writ petition challenges the decision of the President to have sentenced to death judicially executed.

On June 26, 2019 the President made an order that all convicts sentenced to death for drug offences be hanged as they continued to engage in drug trade while on death row.

A writ application was filed in the Court of Appeal against the order. It was argued before a five, Judge bench of that court, comprising Justice Yasantha Kodagoda, Justice Deepalie Wijesundera, Justice Janak de Silva, Justice Achala Wengappuli and Justice Arjuna Obeysekera.Counsel Niran Anketell supported the petition.

Senior Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle appeared for the Attorney General.

The Court of Appeal has taken into consideration that the subject matter was challenged by way of several fundamental rights petitions in the Supreme Court and that court has granted interim relief till October 30.

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