16 July, 2019

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Major Humiliation For Sirisena – SC Issues Order To Suspend Executions

President Maithripala Sirisena’s diabolical plan to boost his image as a strong leader by resuming executions was dealt a grave blow and also met with major humiliation today, as the Supreme Court issued an interim order suspending the implementation of the death penalty until October 30, 2019.

Athough Sirisena was eager to carry out his murder plan before the elections are called, the SC order has thrown a damper on his plans.

The Supreme Court issued an interim order in consideration of a Fundamental Rights petition filed by a prisoner who is currently on death row.

Multiple parties have filed for action against Sirisena’s decision to authorize death penalty for four convicts.

During a meeting with heads of media institutions last week, Sirisena announced he has signed the death warrant of four prisoners and the executions will proceed as planned.

Meanwhile Transparency International Sri Lanka today tweeted out the letters issued by the President’s Secretariat and the Prisons Headquarters where both parties have refused to provide details, in response to Right to Information requests asking for details of the death warrants Sirisena claims he signed.

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    Here Jayaweera gave the best comment. It is the courts that gave death sentence to the Drug importers and distributors (Drug cartel owners are supporting from overseas). Why these people are influencing the courts against Courts. What is the democracy there ?. [edited out]

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    My point of view right through was that this scheme was mooted to earn a good part of the earnings of the drug barons themselves as “Kappan”. Therefore it is not a wonder that the prison officials maintaining that they have not yet received orders to execute. With this court order, MY3, like in his anti-tobacco campaign say that he was a lone wolf raising the alarm and others, including the judges, are protecting the drug barons.

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