Appeal Court postpone hearing of death penalty petition

The Court of Appeal has ordered that the Writ petition filed by journalist Malinda Seneviratne seeking the prevention of the implementation of the death penalty, be postponed for tomorrow (05).

The five-judge bench which includes the President of the Appeal Court, Justice Yasantha Kodagoda including Justices Deepali Wijesundara, Achala Wengappuli and Arjun Obeysekara took up the case today (04).

Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle who appeared on behalf of the Attorney General presented in the preliminary objections that the Court of Appeal does not have the jurisdiction to hear this Writ petition as per Article 35 of the Constitution since it questions an official function of the President.

Accordingly, the five-judge bench has ordered that the hearing of the case be postponed for tomorrow.