Presidents Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya passed away this morning at the age of 74 while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo, Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce Buddhika Pathirana said.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror he said Mr Warnakulasuriya's final rites would be held at the Borella cemetery on Saturday (14).
Mr Warnakulasuriya also served as a Director of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) from August 1, 2016
Mr Warnakulasuriya took oaths as an attorney at law in 1972 and began his practice at the Colombo Magistrate’s courts, where he became the Secretary of the New Courts Law Chambers.
He was appointed convener of the ‘Professional Affairs Committee’, which drafted the “Code of Conduct and Etiquette for Attorneys-at-Law’.
In 1989 he was elected the Secretary of the Bar Association and served as chairman of the Legal Aid Commission for ten years before being elected as Deputy President of Bar Association.
He is noted as one of the leading criminal lawyers in the country and taken up many notable cases at the Magistrate‘s Court of Colombo. In 2006 he was appointed as a President’s Counsel. The same year he was appointed as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Italy.
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Comments - 11
Unchikun Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:50 AM
Deepest sympathies. One during a TV talk show he stated that a company was in contact which can delete any comment on Facebook from a click of a mouse. He may have been a good lawyer. Not the board of the TRC.
Cyril Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:25 AM
Mate,you never make any sense.
Jamalji Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:21 AM
Brilliant lawyer but defender of evils and enemy of poor. Soul Rest in Peace
Shevan Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:06 AM
Legal fraternity may have lost an illustrious member nodoubt. As for most of us he was just another"learned" person who was running with the hare and hunting with the Hound.Nevertheless may he attain whatever he would have wished for beyond this life
Khumbiyoo Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:20 AM
He shall reap what he sow!
Perumal Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:39 AM
He departed as a Sri Lankan Lawyer; but I wish that he be born a human being in his next life and attain Nibbana!
Daham Wednesday, 11 July 2018 01:38 PM
Not a great loss to the country.
Ceylon Wednesday, 11 July 2018 02:20 PM
This guy used his knowledge to free criminals and let victims suffer more.lawyer's duty is not to free criminals,but help the court to impliment justice.where you go now dear??.your victims are waitingbthere to meet you.
Ceylon Wednesday, 11 July 2018 02:23 PM
Good lier is not a good lawyer.cheating the justice is illeagal as a lawyer.lie and cheat the courts to free criminals are not a lawyer's duty.
Ishan Wednesday, 11 July 2018 05:01 PM
He may be good lawyer , not for poor people but for evils RIP
truth Wednesday, 11 July 2018 05:13 PM
Brilliant Lawyer but the only blemish going shopping for the corrupt Rajapakse regime
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