Impeachment against CJ: UNP wants int’l observers

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The main opposition UNP stressed today that international and local legal experts should be allowed to observers the proceedings of the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice, also calling for a live telecast of the hearing.

UNP Senior Vice President and MP Lakshman Kiriella told journalists that observers from the International Bar Association, International Commission of Jurists and representatives of BASL and local Judges Association should be allowed to observe the proceedings in order to ensure transparency.

He said the government should allow independent observers both from here and abroad and also a live telecast of the proceedings as it was essential to determine the charges against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake are genuine or fabricated ones. Besides he said these are practices followed by many countries today.

He also said the UNP would have to participate in the select committee proceedings as it has been made compulsory that opposition members participate in it by the Constitution. Mr. Kiriella further stressed that the UNP should participate so that the party would be able to determine the charges against the Chief Justice. “We have decided to participate in the select committee proceedings in order to ensure justice to Chief justice,” he said. (Yohan Perera)
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  • sarath Monday, 05 November 2012 01:56 AM

    PLEASE MR KIRIELLA. YOU ARE AN EXPERIENCED POLITICIAN AND A LAWYER. TALK SOMETHING SENSIBLE. THE SELECT COMMITTEE PROCEEDINGS ARE HELD IN CAMERA. OUTSIDERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WITNESS THE PROCEEDINGS. READ THE RELEVANT STANDING ORDERS. I AM NOT AN MP BUT YOU.DON'T SHOW YOUR IMPRUDENCE TO THE PUBLIC.

    sarath Monday, 05 November 2012 01:58 AM

    get Darusman to send a report to satisfy the UNP and the Un

    Cindy Montrose Monday, 05 November 2012 09:44 AM

    This is some thing that all Sri Lanmkans should be interested in. This is a very professional matter and some thing that should not be taken lightly.

    sarath Monday, 05 November 2012 02:09 AM

    why don't you invite Darusman to send a report without observing the proceedings.

    Jamieson Monday, 05 November 2012 03:32 AM

    For once a very good response from the UNP. Everyone in Sri Lanka would wish to observe the impartial proceedings otherwise it will be another SF tribunal affair.

    das Monday, 05 November 2012 03:32 AM

    And with fellows like you, we DONT wonder why the present govt is in power.

    Surain Sunday, 04 November 2012 12:30 PM

    Short comment, one thing is very clear when we do wrong it comes back sooner or later this is the unversial truth. no body can get away. those top politicians must remember this and time will tell all of us the rest.

    Royalist Sunday, 04 November 2012 12:33 PM

    Why International Observers? Get Ranil W to do it... he is a good observer!

    mamath Sunday, 04 November 2012 12:33 PM

    This will be a historic event..the last rites..of democracy .. should be shown live..keep a CD..to show to your grand-grand-children

    dev Sunday, 04 November 2012 12:41 PM

    Wedak na, Oyalata Mokuth karanna ba lokka.

    Senaka Sunday, 04 November 2012 12:51 PM

    Another useless comment made by the same person who once said any idiot can fight with LTTE.

    Asha Rathnayake Monday, 05 November 2012 04:15 AM

    First, you must bring IO to organize your party-UNP- circles!

    UNP Blood Sunday, 04 November 2012 12:57 PM

    Mad dogs are now barking

    dilshan Sunday, 04 November 2012 12:59 PM

    Ah UNP has finally has decided to open their mouth on this very important issue .. any way better late than never..

    DXB Sunday, 04 November 2012 01:00 PM

    Mr. Laksman Kiriella , you please ask Ranil's comment on this , he will give you a slap :)

    mervyn perera Sunday, 04 November 2012 01:16 PM

    Mr DXB. Are u the spokesman for the govt. . Are u shopping for the family.

    patana Sunday, 04 November 2012 01:17 PM

    Yeah right. It's like asking a would-be-murderer to record his theft live and broadcast it to the world.

    AIA Sunday, 04 November 2012 01:34 PM

    Constitutionally it wont be necessary. In any case the international community will be keeping their eyes wide open.

    Amit Sunday, 04 November 2012 01:35 PM

    Always running to their masters in the West and trying to please them. Anyone remember the CFA? And these clowns wonder why they are in opposition.

    xlntgson Monday, 05 November 2012 04:53 AM

    Secret! Husband and wife things!

    Sumanasiri Sunday, 04 November 2012 02:15 PM

    A smart move.

    Mr. Countyman Sunday, 04 November 2012 02:29 PM

    Not only the impeachment motion against the CJ, the entire parliament sessions must telecast live. It is our right to know!

    game kolla Sunday, 04 November 2012 02:33 PM

    good points. thank you for coming up with bright ideas in this decisive moment. we need to keep our democracy right and mad dogs seize peoples rights by polticals games

    Cobbler Sunday, 04 November 2012 02:37 PM

    They know only International thieves. You will have to teach them about observers.

    AIDS patient Monday, 05 November 2012 02:13 PM

    given that Ranil & company are infectedd with STDs, they need others' eyes to what is phappening in the country!

    Kay Parker Sunday, 04 November 2012 02:46 PM

    why not impeach Ranil

    J.D Sunday, 04 November 2012 02:55 PM

    Well said...Rise and Fall of MR Regime.....

    Matalan Monday, 05 November 2012 05:34 AM

    Won't matter, the Government will ignore and keep marching on. We are lucky if It takes only a generation to undo the wrong of electing demons.

    Game Kolla Sunday, 04 November 2012 03:54 PM

    The problem with this UNP is that leader is in a deep slumber.

    frank hilary Sunday, 04 November 2012 04:06 PM

    No

    Paba Monday, 05 November 2012 06:19 AM

    Everything have a cost. If you want Int. observers you have to pay with local votes, and 6 more years in opposition.
    Time that UNP understand basic electoral economics.

    Leslie Monday, 05 November 2012 03:51 PM

    The milkman can't your read English and Sinhala that you want international statement to interpret to you. Dam shame Mr. Milkman.

    Naradha Monday, 05 November 2012 06:18 PM

    YES GO AHEAD AND OPEN THE GOVT. PANDORA'S BOX WHICH WAS HIDDEN ALL THESE TIME.


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