President’s decision on foreign judges in war probe will be final

MaithripalaPresident Maithripala Sirisena’s decision on the involvement of foreign judges in the investigation on incidents related to the war will be the final decision, a Government Minister said today.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the President has made clear foreign judges will not be invited to be part of the domestic accountability process.

He said that when the President takes a stand and the Prime Minister also expresses a similar view that is the final decision and the matter is closed.

President Maithripala Sirisena recently emphasized that he will not allow any foreign court, judge or organization to interfere in the internal administration and judiciary in the country.

He also said he will not allow any national or international activity to take place which challenges the freedom, independence and the territorial integrity of the country.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera however had said that no final decision had been taken and that everything will depend on the outcome of an ongoing consultation process.

Several countries, at the recently concluded UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, had called for international participation in the accountability process.

Earlier this year UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon had also called for international participation in the judicial mechanism when investigating the war in Sri Lanka.

Ban ki-moon’s spokesman Stéphane Dujarric had said that the Secretary‑General understands that the discussions in Sri Lanka on the transitional justice mechanism, including the judicial component, are ongoing.

However he said the UN Secretary General remains hopeful that the Sri Lankan Government will stand by its commitments and fully implement a resolution on Sri Lanka adopted by the UN Human Rights Council last year which notes the need for international participation. (Colombo Gazette)

4 COMMENTS

  1. president may be genuine but not the p.m.the 2 homos would have their way in the end,govia will come up with some excuse

  2. We decided to have foreign judges when we cosponsored the resolution. Only churlish people sign solemn agreements and then find reasons for backing out.

    The world should insist that we keep our deals. and the President and Prime Minister should tell the Joint opposition that they created this murderous mess when in power and that they should give the government the space to sort this out, retaining Sri Lanka’s dignity as a country that meets its legal obligations.

  3. Caught in a mess MS will ask for a Supreme Court ruling and of course our Judiciary will
    obviously support MS – all will cool down, except the TNA – a prediction!

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