A request made by Fort Police through the Attorney General to issue an order preventing the protesters from entering in close proximity to the President's house premises on Friday (8) and Saturday (9) was yesterday rejected by Colombo Chief Magistrate's Court.
While refusing to issue an order as requested by Attorney General, Colombo Additional Magistrate Keminda Perera observed that police have power to prevent an event of committing any offence or causing any disturbance to the public.
Deputy Solicitor General Janaka Bandara appearing for police told court that police intelligence has received information that political parties, civil society activists and trade unions are preparing to organise a massive protest on Friday and Saturday, after being members of unlawful assembly.
President's Counsel Saliya Pieris appearing for the rights of protesters raised objections against the attempt by police of utilising the judiciary as a weapon to suppress people's fundamental rights including freedom of expression and right of peaceful assembly.
He further submitted to court that police are empowered to take necessary action in accordance with section 95, 96 and 97 of the Criminal Procedure Code in the event of committing an offence.
Taking into consideration the facts presented by both parties, the Additional Magistrate decided to reject the request made by police. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)
Be Fair Friday, 08 July 2022 06:53 AM
GR, pack your bags, you should be ready to Go
Russel Harmmer Friday, 08 July 2022 07:03 AM
Chief Magistrate's Court, we salute you for this worthy act.
Truth (Atha) Friday, 08 July 2022 07:08 AM
All who march forward Presidents house will follow your instructions your honor, but at the same time Gota and his nasty Ex-ministers (Johnstan, Aluthgamage, Rambukwella, and Rohitha) had organized gangsters to create massive damages and trying to put the blame on the peaceful protestors, this we got to know.
GFP Friday, 08 July 2022 07:09 AM
Thank you so much. We will abide the Law.
Prof. M.A. Ariyadasa Friday, 08 July 2022 07:12 AM
Hon. Chief Magistrate, for your information President had organized gangsters to attack the protestors on the 9th July, this is for your information.
Depathnaya Saturday, 09 July 2022 07:48 AM
AG, go home with your bosses!!!
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