Lankan apex court stays Sirisena's execution order against drug convicts

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Friday stayed till October 29 the execution order passed by President Maithripala Sirisena against four drug convicts, ending a four-decade-long moratorium on the capital punishment in the country.

Sirisena last month signed the death warrants to hang four drug convicts.

The apex court's order came after it took into consideration a number of petitions filed against the president's order, that termed the order as a violation of the fundamental rights of the convicts.

There are 11 such petitions filed in various courts.

One such petition was filed by M.A Sumanthiran, a lawyer, claiming that Sirisena's decision impinges on the rights of one of the drug convicts.

"The case argument was that hanging would be a cruel and degrading treatment", he said.