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2013-01-16 08:51:48
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While calling the Sri Lankan government to reinstate Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) condemned the appointment of former Attorney General Mohan Peiris as Sri Lanka’s new Chief Justice.

“ICJ condemns this appointment as a further assault on the independence of the judiciary and calls on the Sri Lankan government to reinstate Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. If there are grounds for questioning the Chief Justice’s actions, they should be pursued following due process and a proper impeachment process,” it said in a statement today.

The full statement

Sri Lanka: appointment of new Chief Justice undermines Rule of Law

The appointment of former Attorney General Mohan Peiris as Sri Lanka’s new Chief Justice raises serious concerns about the future of the Rule of Law and accountability in the country, the ICJ said today.

Mohan Peiris has served in a variety of high-level legal posts in the past decade, always playing a key role in defending the conduct of the Sri Lankan government.

He served as Sri Lanka’s Attorney-General from 2009 to 2011. Since then he has served as the legal adviser to President Mahinda Rajapakse and the Cabinet.

“During his tenure as Attorney-General and the government’s top legal advisor Mohan Peiris consistently blocked efforts to hold the government responsible for serious human rights violations and disregarded international law and standards,” said Sam Zarifi, ICJ’s Asia director.

“Mohan Peiris’ appointment as the new Chief Justice, after a politically compromised and procedurally flawed impeachment, adds serious insult to the gross injury already inflicted on Sri Lanka’s long suffering judiciary.”

The International Commission of Jurists, in its recent report on impunity in Sri Lanka, highlighted Mohan Peiris’ lack independence as Attorney-General, noting the alarming number of cases involving prominent politicians that were withdrawn during his tenure.

In November 2011, as Attorney General, Peiris told the UN Committee Against Torture in Geneva that political cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda, believed to have been subjected to enforced disappearance in January 2010, had actually left Sri Lanka. In June 2012, Peiris admitted to a court in Colombo that this claim was groundless.

“ICJ condemns this appointment as a further assault on the independence of the judiciary and calls on the Sri Lankan government to reinstate Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. If there are grounds for questioning the Chief Justice’s actions, they should be pursued following due process and a proper impeachment process.”


  Comments - 15

  • M. silva Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:06

    Valiyatada?

    Reply : 132       23

    kaputakukula Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:19

    While everybody, local as well as international cry "foul" at the impeachment of the CJ, Mohan Peiris chose to fish in the troubled waters. Education alone will not make a "man" how true this saying is.

    Reply : 14       159

    mohadev Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:23

    Thats true uneducated thugs created a constitution in '77 & we all paying the price now. How about that for change ? gon colombian yuppies ?

    Reply : 32       38

    Kalubanda Friday, 18 January 2013 09:24

    Education ? Lets check his CV.

    Reply : 0       1

    Kalu-sudda Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:19

    Well said

    Reply : 15       103

    Padma Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:10

    Ha Ha God is there

    Reply : 6       32

    sunil edirisinghe Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:13

    all should stop relations with this regime !

    Reply : 12       79

    Lucky Weeramantry Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:17

    One Big Lawless Family.

    Reply : 9       92

    mohadev Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:18

    Ask them ti file action against UNP & JRJ for creating this constitution which is the birth place from one crisis to more chaos since '77. Curse them & aske UNP leadership to show cause first., then ask the people why they voted MR to power !

    Reply : 44       19

    david Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:44

    Seem you forgot why people elected this regime and what the regime promised the people.... What have they abolished?
    Only portray to be patriots for the sake of stealing the country,and inflicting burden on the masses. What more can you say.. Do't lick old wounds. Talk about the present and what is taking place.. Is it for the betterment of a country? Sadly you or your children will be made to pay the price. Jayawewa!!

    Reply : 7       57

    Kalubanda Friday, 18 January 2013 09:26

    Hey, dont forget the number of amendments brought in after JRJ to trample the people - especially the last one by MR.
    Curse be to all MPs who voted for these amendments.

    Reply : 0       0

    Lucky Weeramantry Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:21

    Doomsday

    Reply : 9       52

    Rahmathullah M. H. Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:45

    These people will not listened to anyone. They are like rogue animals and don't know the meaning of law and order.

    Reply : 8       65

    Kalu Wednesday, 16 January 2013 17:03

    The anti Lankan detractors are crying foul eh? Everything they try with help of their foreign masters to change the people government seems to go down the drain. How pathetic and comical

    Reply : 23       8

    D. Wijesiriwardena Friday, 18 January 2013 05:00

    Former Attorney General C.R. de Silva was offered the post of CJ, but he declined and rightly so, as he is a person of an unblemished record at the Bar. Hats off to you Sir!

    Reply : 0       0

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