Lankapage Logo CP 19 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka lawmaker tables Private Member's Motion to abolish death penalty
Fri, Jul 12, 2019, 01:50 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 12, Colombo: A lawmaker of the ruling party of Sri Lanka government today tabled a Private Member's Motion in parliament to abolish the death penalty.

The motion was presented to Parliament by United National Party Parliamentarian Bandula Lal Bandarigoda.

Non-cabinet Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha de Silva tweeted that motion can be challenged in courts by anyone once it is gazetted.

"We tabled UNP MP Bandulal Bandarigoda private members motion to abolish death penalty in Sri Lanka. 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 proposes the reference in any law to the imposition of the death penalty or, punishment by death, to be construed as punishment by imprisonment for life from and after the coming into force of the Act.

Further, "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."

"Any person who has committed, prior to the coming into force of the Act, an offence punishable with death, but in respect of whom a sentence of punishment has not yet been imposed by Court, shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable with imprisonment for life."

Sri Lanka courts hand out death sentences to convicts of serious crimes according to the current laws but the island nation has not carried out any executions since 1976.

Following President Maithripala Sirisena's adamant decision to execute only prisoners on death row convicted for drug related crimes, several fundamental rights petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court requesting the apex to issue an interim injunction preventing the implementation of the death sentence.

The top court in response has issued an interim order staying any executions until October 30.

The President's decision has been condemned by various local as well as international parties including the US, EU, UK, Canada and human right organizations.

The Sri Lankan government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, pointing out that Sri Lanka in December 2018 voted in favor of a global moratorium on the use of the death penalty at the UN General Assembly, as well as the Opposition led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had announced their opposition to implementing the death sentence after a 43-year moratorium.

 

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
New President to assume office today
-- [15 minutes ago]
Dialog and Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka to establish 'Digital Health Innovation Laboratory'
-- [25 minutes ago]
Ruling party parliamentarians agree to dissolve Sri Lanka parliament
PM hopes for independent commissions to continue in the future
EU looks forward to work with Sri Lanka President to bring whole country together
ACMC leader expects the new President to uphold unity and reconciliation among all communities
U.S. ready to continue its work with the new President of Sri Lanka
EU EOM says Sri Lanka election is peaceful and technically well-managed, but affected by media bias
Iran congratulates Sri Lanka on successful presidential elections
Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as the 7th Executive President of Sri Lanka

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.