Posted on 07.04.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
The Court of Appeal has raised objections to the appeal filed by journalist Malinda Seneviratne seeking to block the President’s decision to carry out the death penalty. Further inquiries will be held today.The Court of Appeal yesterday adjourned the hearing of the Petition for today (July 04).
The Deputy Solicitor General, Nerin Pulle, who appeared for the Attorney General raised a preliminary objection and said that no court can pursue proceedings against the President except the fundamental rights cases.
After the 19th amendment, the President can only be charged with violation of fundamental rights, the case should be referred to the Attorney General who is representing him, the Deputy Solicitor General has pointed out.
He has also said that only the Supreme Court has the power to investigate a case alleging that the President has committed a fundamental rights violation.
However, the lawyers for the petitioner have mentioned that the petitioner’s request is a writ order to invalidate the President’s decision to reinstate the death penalty and the Court of Appeal has jurisdiction to hear the case.
The decision of the panel of judges will be announced today.