Moves to implement the death penalty has been challenged in court and the case is to be heard next week.
A Writ petition was filed at the Court of Appeal by journalist Malinda Seneviratne seeking an interim order preventing the implementation of the death sentence.
Seneviratne said implementing the death penalty could lead to the violation of human rights.
The Commissioner General of Prisons later informed the Court of Appeal that the death penalty will not be carried out over the next seven days.
The petition is to be taken up for hearing on 2nd July.
President Maithripala Sirisena had said this week that four convicts on death row will be executed soon.
He had told media heads that he has signed the papers to execute the four convicts who have been sentenced to death on drug related offences. (Colombo Gazette)