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Justice Ministry yet to receive presidential order

The Justice Ministry is yet to receive a presidential order to prepare to execute four convicts.

President Maithripala Sirisena said last week that he had ordered the execution of four convicts over the next few days.

However, Justice Ministry Secretary R.M.D.B. Meegasmulla told The Sunday Morning that the Ministry had not yet received a signed document for the execution from the Presidential Secretariat.

He also said that even though a training programme had been conducted for hangmen who had been shortlisted, no one had yet been picked.