‘Parliament receives copies of three petitions seeking to abolish death penalty’ | Daily News


 

‘Parliament receives copies of three petitions seeking to abolish death penalty’

Parliament received copies of three petitions filed at the Supreme Court under Article 121(1) of the Constitution on the Bill entitled Abolition of Death Penalty, Deputy Speaker and the Chair of Committees J. M. Ananda Kumarasiri informed the House on Friday.

United National Party (UNP) MP Bandula Lal Bandarigoda was granted leave to move his controversial bill in Parliament on August 1 to abolish the death penalty and to make consequential provisions.

Moving the Bill, MP Bandarigoda challenged President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to execute four prisoners on death row before the end of his term. MP Bandarigoda’s Bill proposes Parliament to convert capital punishment into life imprisonment.

The Bill cited Abolition of Death Penalty Act proposes any reference in any law to impose the death penalty or punishment by death, from and after the coming of the Act be construed as imprisonments for life. 


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