Private member’s bill to abolish Sri Lanka death penalty gazetted

ECONOMYNEXT- The Sri Lanka Department of Government Printing has gazetted a private members’ bill to abolish the death penalty.

The bill which was gazetted, seeks to amend all laws which mention the death penalty with the punishment of life imprisonment.

Convicts who were in the past sentenced to death will be commuted to life imprisonment as well, if the bill is passed.

UNP Parliamentarian Bandula Lal Bandarigoda will be presenting the bill in parliament.

The bill, which was handed over to parliament had been directly sent to be gazetted, suspending standing orders in parliament, which require the bill to be vetted by the Attorney General.

President Sirisena is pushing for the death penalty to be imposed on drug-related crimes, and in June said he has already signed four death warrants for drug dealers.
Fundamental Rights petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court to halt executions following the President’s announcement.
The Supreme Court has temporarily suspended the carrying out of the death penalty till October 30 and is next set to hear petitions against executions on October 29.

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