Interim order against death sentence extended till 10 December

The Supreme Court (SC) today extended an interim order preventing the implementation of the death sentence till 10 December.

The Supreme Court had in July issued an interim order till this month against the implementation of the death penalty.

The Supreme Court ordered that the death penalty not be carried out till October 30.

The order was given after a Fundamental Rights petition was filed in the Supreme Court against moves by President Maithripala Sirisena to execute four convicts on drug related charges.

President Maithripala Sirisena had said he had ordered the execution of four convicts on death row over drug related offences, claiming it would end increasing addiction problems in the country.

While the President had confirmed signing the death warrants, no names had been revealed and no details were shared about any scheduled executions or information on the cases.

Recently the President had said that if the court clears his decision to implement the death sentence he would do it before the 16 November Presidential election.

The executions, if carried out, would be the first time Sri Lanka has implemented the death penalty since 1976. (Colombo Gazette)

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