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Writ Petition against death penalty: Further submissions fixed for today

Further inquiry into the Writ Petition which was filed seeking an Interim Order preventing the prison authorities from executing the sentence of death on any person was yesterday fixed for today by the Court of Appeal.

The Writ Petition was yesterday taken up before the Court of Appeal five-judge-bench comprising Justice Yasantha Kodagoda (President), Justice Deepali Wijesundera, Justice Janak de Silva, Justice Achala Wengappuli and Justice Arjuna Obeysekera.

Counsel Niran Anketel appearing for the petitioner informed Court that the Superintendent of Welikada Prison and the Executioner are not entitled in prevailing laws to execute a person sentenced to death.

The Attorney General had raised preliminary objections against the writ petition citing that the Court of Appeal has no jurisdiction.

The Commissioner General of Prisons on last Friday gave an undertaking to the Court of Appeal that the death penalty would not be implemented within the next seven days.

In his writ petition, the Petitioner Senior Journalist Malinda Seneviratne sought an Interim Order preventing the Commissioner General of Prisons and Welikada Prison Superintendent from executing the sentence of death on any person.

The Petitioner cited the Commissioner General of Prisons, Welikada Prison Superintendent, the Executioner and the Attorney General as respondents.

Petitioner Seneviratne stated that various steps have been taken towards reintroducing the implementation of the death sentence in the recent past including advertising for the recruitment of an Executioner, the procurement and preparation of rope and various other steps. The petitioner stated that on or about 26th June 2019, the President at a conference with heads of media institutions, revealed that he had signed papers for the execution of the death sentence, that four persons will be executed and the executions will be conducted soon.

The Petitioner believes that the death penalty offends the Constitution and is a barbaric practice. The Petitioner further stated that an Executioner is not entitled in law to execute a person sentenced to death and that the Superintendent of Prisons is not entitled in law to cause any other person to execute a person sentenced to death.

Counsel Niran Anketel with Hafeel Farisz instructed by Vidanapathirana Associates appeared for the petitioner. Senior Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle appeared for the Commissioner General of Prisons and the Attorney General.


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