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As part of their efforts to engage with the Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Colombo, the joint opposition met the Russian Ambassador yesterday and briefed him about what it called ‘the lack of democratic space for dissent and the use of government machinery to suppress political opponents, a former minister said.

The joint opposition, combining a section of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and its allies loyal to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had also sought appointments with other missions in Colombo.

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, speaking to Daily Mirror, said that the opposition had been denied the opportunity to raise its voice in Parliament in the proper sense. Prof. Peiris said his team wanted to brief the foreign missions on the use of the Financial Crimes Investigation Unit (FCID) to victimize those with apposing political views.

Earlier, he said he was noticed to appear before FCID, within 24 hours after he made critical remarks on the government's plans to release several LTTE suspects and the plan to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

Meanwhile, the joint opposition was also seeking an appointment with the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), head-quartered in Geneva, to raise these matters with it as well. (KB)

 

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  • TONY Wednesday, 25 November 2015 05:52 PM

    YOU ARE FREE TO EXPRESS YOUR VIEWS, BUT DO NOT BECOME A SLAVE TO FOREIGN MISSIONS

    Treehorse Wednesday, 25 November 2015 12:03 PM

    Shameless prof ... now on the road. haha

    Bala Wednesday, 25 November 2015 12:20 PM

    In the professors glory days, there was absolute censorship and no opposition member could meet a foreign official for fear of being branded a traitor. What a joker he is now.

    Ganesha Wednesday, 25 November 2015 12:24 PM

    Mr G L Why are you and Thisa vitharana howling as third class pavement politicians against Tamils and abolition of draconian PTA at the doom of your political and natural lives ? Please note your singing for super under the former family dictatorship has come to an end. Even you can not be an external affairs puppet with the monitor in your dream either.

    KJ Wednesday, 25 November 2015 12:24 PM

    Is this part of foreign conspiracy?? WW used to hammer it a lot.. !!

    Sapu Wednesday, 25 November 2015 12:41 PM

    and he is complaining about democracy to RUSSIA! Several Russian opposition members have been killed or jailed

    ANTON Wednesday, 25 November 2015 01:00 PM

    WHATEVER MY RELIGION, TODAY IS POYA DAY , I DONT LIKE TO USE FILTHY WORDS.

    Fassey Wednesday, 25 November 2015 02:06 PM

    Jobless Professor trying to keep himself occupied.

    nishan Wednesday, 25 November 2015 03:04 PM

    So it is OK to complain to foreigners about our internal issues? very confused as to the UPFA position about this.

    Sri Wickrama Wednesday, 25 November 2015 03:26 PM

    Absent-minded professor, please explain to them the real democracy you enjoyed during your tenure.


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