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Duminda’s pardon undermines SL’s rule of law- US Ambassador

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US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B Teplitz today said that Presidential pardon of Duminda Silva was undermining Sri Lanka’s rule of law.

“The Pardon of Duminda Silva, whose conviction the Supreme Court upheld in 2018, undermines rule of law,” Teplitz tweeted.

However, she welcomed the early release of prisoners held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

"We welcome the early release of PTA prisoners, but the pardon of Duminda Silva, whose conviction the Supreme Court upheld in 2018, undermines rule of law. Accountability and equal access to justice are fundamental to the UN SDGs to which the GoSL has committed," she tweeted.
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  • Bernard Thursday, 24 June 2021 05:50 PM

    The international community has to deal with Sri Lanka as a country with no rule of law and that is the reality.

    Rohana Thursday, 24 June 2021 09:36 PM

    100% agreed

    sara Thursday, 24 June 2021 05:50 PM

    PTA prisoners = Tamil political prisoners who were held without any formal charges for many decades

    Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera Thursday, 24 June 2021 09:39 PM

    She can start by asking her own government to dismantle the Guantanamo Bay torture camp.

    Ari Thursday, 24 June 2021 10:20 PM

    This is gross interference in our internal affairs. Please check the Vienna protocol madam ambassador.

    Jeeves Thursday, 24 June 2021 10:55 PM

    Can the SL Ambassador in US comment as freely about Guantanamo Bay?

    Jude Thursday, 24 June 2021 11:18 PM

    Even President Trump pardon criminals including a Rapper convicted for murder and life sentence in prison for 30 years!!

    KPS Friday, 25 June 2021 12:01 AM

    Consequences of 20’th amendment

    Lion Friday, 25 June 2021 04:43 AM

    Madam we as Srilankan are helpless and the majority don’t agree with his actions.please intervene in a constructive manner to control this despot.

    Lion Friday, 25 June 2021 04:51 AM

    Madam we hailed you for coming out to speak on behalf of right thinking Srilankan and also behalf of our great country.Please help Srilankan to get rid of this family which destroyed our country.

    nalin gunasekera Friday, 25 June 2021 05:00 AM

    donald trump did the same with prisoners. the US and SL are both violators of the rule of law

    Randu Friday, 25 June 2021 05:58 AM

    I didn’t realize that she is the queen of Sri Lanka. We are an independent country with our own rules and don’t need these so called diplomat’s advice. Whether the president’s decision is right or wrong, it doesn’t have an impact to the US so she should only raise the matters relevant to her job and mind her own business.

    Lumbini Friday, 25 June 2021 06:11 AM

    It looks like US Ambassador has no right to tell anything. However, the Chinese Ambassador has that right.

    Ara Friday, 25 June 2021 07:02 AM

    Please pressure radical SL government to release innocent Muslims

    NATHAN RAJ Friday, 25 June 2021 07:16 AM

    @ Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera - Sir was a US citizen till 2019 and his wife still a US citizen. Sir always criticize about western countries before 2019 while holding the US citizenship. So what's wrong on the ambassador's comment.

    S Perera Friday, 25 June 2021 07:22 AM

    Why was the Ambassador silent when the Royal Park murder case convict was released on a presidential pardon ????

    D.V.A.Goonetilleke Friday, 25 June 2021 07:25 AM

    If the release was done in good faith , then it's fine.

    Elwyn Friday, 25 June 2021 07:36 AM

    This gives you some idea of what kind of people govern this country! He was given luxury accommodation while in prison too. Those breaking lockdown rules are thrown in jail, those who voice their opinion are given rigorous imprisonment but murderers are set free. Great!!

    mp Friday, 25 June 2021 07:43 AM

    What right you have to poke into Sri Lanka's matters?

    Pot calling the kettle black Friday, 25 June 2021 10:53 AM

    Ambassador you are quite correct. But the US Presidents set the precedent when Trump (and even Obama) pardoned people left, right and centre.


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