Parliament receives copies of Petitions on abolishing the death penalty

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By Rose Kenny

Deputy Speaker and the Chair of Committees J. M. Ananda Kumarasiri informed the House yesterday that Parliament received copies of three petitions filed at the Supreme Court under Article 121(1) of the Constitution in respect of the Bill entitled Abolition of Death Penalty.

United National Party (UNP) MP Bandula Lal Bandarigoda was granted leave to move his controversial bill in Parliament on 1st August to abolish the death penalty and to make consequential provisions. Moving the Bill, MP Bandarigoda challenged President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to execute four prisoners in the death row before the end of his term. MP Bandarigoda’s Bill proposes the parliament to convert capital punishment into life imprisonment.

The Bill cited Abolition of Death Penalty Act proposes any reference in any law to the imposition of the death penalty or punishment by death, from and after the coming of the Act be construed as punishment by imprisonment for life.