US accuses Sri Lanka of undermining the rule of law

The United States (US) today accused Sri Lanka of undermining the rule of law with the release of convicted murderer Duminda Silva.

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alaina B. Teplitz said that while the US welcomes the early release of prisoners arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), the pardoning of Duminda Silva undermines the rule of law.

“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,” the US Ambassador tweeted.

Duminda Silva was granted a presidential pardon today.

The Prisons Department said that it had received the documentation from the President’s Office to free Duminda Silva on a presidential pardon.

As a result Duminda Silva was set free today on a presidential pardon.

Duminda Silva was convicted over the murder of Presidential Advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra in 2011.

The Prisons Department also freed 93 prisoners on a presidential pardon.

The Prisons Department said that the inmates released included 16 former LTTE cadres who had been detained under the PTA. (Colombo Gazette)

4 COMMENTS

  1. Never thought I would say this, but, it will be a sad day when this ambassador leaves the country. It is a pity that it has taken so long for her to attune herself to the sentiments of the people of this country.

  2. The US Ambassador should not comment about the situation in Sri Lanka, but release Julian Assange who hasn’t committed or changed under any crime. If Sri Lanka is releasing criminals, what is stopping the Americans and British to release an innocent gentleman? Is this your way to deter people from exposing the truth?

  3. The US Ambassador should not comment about the situation in Sri Lanka, but release Julian Assange who hasn’t committed a crime and he is not charged under any crime. If Sri Lanka is releasing criminals, what is stopping the Americans and British to release an innocent gentleman? Is this your way to deter people from exposing the truth?

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