The private member’s motion by Parliamentarian Bandulal Bandarigoda to abolish the death penalty was tabled in Parliament today (12).
Commenting on the Bill, Non-Cabinet Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Harsha De Silva tweeted: “Now once it’s gazetted anyone can challenge it in Courts. If so, once we get it cleared from Courts, we can debate in Parliament and if a majority supports, make it law”
The Bill states that imposition of the death penalty or punishment by death in reference to any law will be constituted as punishment by imprisonment for life once the act comes into force.
It also states that “any person in respect of whom a sentence of death has been imposed prior to the coming into force of this Act shall be deemed to be a person sentenced to imprisonment for life in respect of such offence.”