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Five-judge bench to hear petition against death penalty

A five-judge bench was appointed by the Court of Appeal to hear the writ petition filed against the death penalty.

The writ petition filed by journalist Malinda Seneviratne challenges the decision to implement the death penalty.

In addition, ten other petitions were filed at the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday (01) against the implementation of the death penalty.

The petitions were filed by the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Professor C. Gunaratne, Dr K. Senaratne and the attorney of some death row inmates at the Welikada Prison.

The Court of Appeal has accordingly appointed a five-judge bench to hear the petition filed Journalist Malinda Seneviratne as he has told the media that implementing the death penalty could lead to the violation of human rights.

President Maithripala Sirisena ordered the execution of four drug offenders, claiming that it would end the increasing addiction problems in the country.

The execution of these four individuals is said to be held very soon according to President Sirisena.