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The Joint Opposition said yesterday the Bill to give legal effect to the International Convention to Protect All Persons from Enforced Disappearances was a dangerous piece of legislation with provisions enabling a foreign government or an institution on behalf of it to appeal for the extradition of a Sri Lankan political leader or military leader on the ground of command responsibility.

Addressing a press briefing, former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris said the Bill had been presented to Parliament on March 7 by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

“This is not for something they have done, but for something happened within their scope of responsibility. Sri Lanka will have to oblige by all the provisions enforced by the International Convention if this Bill is enacted. The Prime Minister keeps saying Sri Lanka is not a signatory to the Rome Treaty and that a Sri Lankan could not be tried before International Criminal Court. What happens if the country seeking extradition has signed the Rome Treaty? Then, there is the damage of military or political leader extradited being ended up as a defendant before the ICC,” he said.

He said, “There is a provision to set up a special High Court in Colombo to try offences in this category. No bail can be granted. The Police will be given the authority to investigate in the absence of investigations.” He said his side would strong public opinion against the bill. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • ananda Thursday, 06 April 2017 10:31 AM

    If the previous government did not get involved in disappearances why worry. GL should pause that question from MR & Gota who are heavily involved in murders and disappearances. via DM Android App

    Tom Thursday, 06 April 2017 10:53 AM

    Profesari has got all his wires mixed up

    Niran Thursday, 06 April 2017 10:55 AM

    This goose is opposing everything just for the sake of it...

    alex Thursday, 06 April 2017 11:23 AM

    The biggest mistake done by the Govt.is that it let all these JO pandiths and purohithas remain at large. This pandith has brains all over his body but in the right place. Had done zero to the country.

    brainmaster Thursday, 06 April 2017 11:53 AM

    ....so we can enforce your disappearance now via DM Android App

    REALPATRIOT. Friday, 07 April 2017 08:32 AM

    THOSE WHO HAVE NOT VIOLATED THE HUMAN RIGHTS NO NEED TO BE SCARED OF ANY ALLEGATIONS. via DM Android App

    sach Thursday, 06 April 2017 03:52 PM

    This government is betraying the country


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