July 01, Colombo: Ten fundamental rights petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court today (01) claiming that the President's decision to carry out the death penalty violates their fundamental rights.
Prof. C Gunaratne of Center for Policy Alternatives and several prisoners currently on death row at the Welikada Prison through their lawyers have filed their fundamental rights petitions in the Supreme Court.
The Attorney General, the Minister of Justice, the Secretary to the Ministry of Justice, the Commissioner General of Prisons, the Welikada Prison Superintendent and several other parties have been named as respondents.
Petitioners state that the President's decision to select only those involved in drug trafficking from the death penalty is a violation of the fundamental right of equal treatment under Article 12 (1) of the Constitution.
The petitioners have requested the Supreme Court to issue an injunction order preventing the implementation of the death sentence.