The move to introduce a new Constitution was an attempt to divert the people’s attention away so the Government could establish a special war crime court as proposed by the UNHRC to probe alleged war crime charges and to ‘hunt down’ armed forces personnels and politicians involved in killing of more than 40,000 of Tamil civilians in May 2009 said the former puppet and minister of Mahinda government.
Addressing a news conference held at the Dr. N.M. Perera Centre in Borella, Peiris said the government had been given an ultimatum to execute UNHRC proposals and therefore, it would establish the war crimes court and introduce retrospective laws to take action on military personnels and political leaders involved in killing Tamil civilians.
“The government is planning and it has to execute these actions before the arrival of UN Human Rights High Commissioner Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s to the country next month.
“Even the British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire, who concluded a visit in Sri Lanka, said that the government has no more time to act on these proposals,” he said.
Commenting on the proposed new Constitution, Peiris said the people’s mandate was given to President Maithripala Sirisena only to bring in Constitutional amendments, which would not call for referendum but Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s call for a new Constitution was against that mandate.
This accusations came from peries after Ranil said that “I am not prepared to do Constitution-making with G. L. Peiris and his junta, the way they amended the 18th Amendment. It was only after they lost that they seem to realize the importance of decorum and propriety”, he noted.
“We will get together with all 225 MPs in Parliament and draft the new Constitution. Even President Sirisena asked me not to get together with the junta in preparing the proposed Constitution”, Wickremesinghe said. He said that some journalists who “went marketing” for the junta and GL to amend the 18th Amendment are now trying to upset the apple cart. They were silent when journalists were being killed in the South and the North during the previous regime, but are now shouting like heroes”.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had said during his special statement to the parliament that de facto Chief Justice Mohan Peris had said he was ready to imprison all members of the Rajapaksa regime.