The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the partial restoration of the security of SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem which was withdrawn after Parliament was dissolved. Hakeem had earlier filed a fundamental rights petition seeking the restoration of his security.
Meanwhile IGP Mahinda Balasuriya informed court that the police security will be provided to former Members of Parliament (MP) who are either party leaders or General Secretaries. (SRF)
Sri Lanka is a joke when an MP has to go to court especially one as Rauf Hakeem to fight for his right to safety.
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 07:33 AM
First they said only Ministers will be provided security. In other words almost all ex-MPs of the ruling party. Now they have changed the tune to say security will also be provided to party leaders and general secretaries as they cannot justify security provided to people like "Gel" Wimal who are not cabinet ministers. But still how are they going to justify security provided to non-MPs, such as Namal Rajapakse.
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 07:42 AM
If there is law and order in the country, there is no necessasity for provision of security to anybody including the President. Provision of security is an extra burden on the people, who have been compelled to maintain the world's biggest cabinet, a large number of ministry secretaries, ministers' personnel staff and advisers, etc, and moreover tolerate a high level of corruption and wastage.
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 07:42 AM
Freedom of Expression and speech will be censored to support the existing undemocratic government. Our scribes cannot perform their job due to fear for life and henchmanship of them.
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 07:46 AM
Former CJ - Sarath N Silva -
"Some state that this arrest was done with the Army Act but the Army Act does not supersede the international or the constitutional law. We must understand that. The Army Act comes under the Constitution and the International law."
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 07:47 AM
Now all other MP's will also make a beeline to the SC.
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 08:01 AM
Whom are they trying to exclude from the police protection? Are they trying to attack a specific high profile figure(threat) ?
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 08:27 AM
This is harassment. Who pays legal charges for these petitions. Should not the IGP pay the legal costs and extra charges for the harassment.
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 08:53 AM
Then what it was said and celebrated victory against Terrorism ?
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 04:12 AM
Who on earth would want to waste a bullet on Hakeem? This is just wastage the country can not afford. Sure, you can never rule out hundred percent the possibility of a bomb- but this risk is general to all people in Sri Lanka- not just to Hakeem. Hakeem stands for reason other than to serve himself. Given Rs10 extra he'll cross over to your side- so who is going to waste a bullet on him, I repeat!
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 04:55 AM
If Rauf Hakeem wanted money, he would not be in the opposition. He has shown that he is guided by his conscience- he has not been a pole-vaulter like Johnston, Thodaman, SB, Wimal etc. etc.... Don't come to conclusions based on govt. media!
Thursday, 04 March 2010 10:19 AM
The next step may be praying for officers of their choice otherwise they feel jumpy and wary spied by the govt. The govt. side candidates even not satisfied with the removal of army escorts!
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