‘President will never accept foreign judges’ Mahinda accused of raising Geneva bogey

‘President will never accept foreign judges’ Mahinda accused of raising Geneva bogey

By Shamindra Ferdinando

President Maithripala Sirisena and the government would never accept foreign judges in the proposed court to be established in accordance with Oct. 1, 2015 Geneva Resolution to inquire into accountability issues during the final phase of the Vanni offensive, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faizer Musthapha, PC, said yesterday.

The Minister was answering a query raised by The Island at yesterday’s media briefing at SLFP party office, T. B. Jayah Mawatha.

Minister Musthapha insisted that foreign judges wouldn’t be accommodated in the proposed court under any circumstances. One-time staunch Rajapaksa ally ignored the reference in Geneva Resolution in respect of Commonwealth and other international judges as well as defence lawyers, authorised prosecutors and investigators…………….. .    continue

UN High Commissioner on Human Rights had exceeded his mandate – Wimal

The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights has exceeded his mandate to talk about full scale power devolution and a government of a federal model during his visit to Sri Lanka. He has no power to determine the structural format of any government said Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa.

He was addressing a press conference at the Borella Dr N M Perera memorial centre yesterday.

He said both the President and the Prime Minister had kept silent permitting the High Commissioner to engage in such idle talk as if there was no one in charge of the country. Weerawansa said the UN High Commissioner had come here to see whether the agreements on the UN resolution had been implemented but the statements made by him in the North showed that he had exceeded his mandate. Weerawansa also alleged that UNP Deputy Minister Mrs Vijayakala Maheswaran had refused to hoist the national flag at a function held in Jaffna. When the national anthem is sung in Sinhala and Tamil. The deputy minister refused to hoist the national flag in Jaffna. He wished to ask the UNP leadership whether this was in keeping with the unity, communal harmony and reconciliation they pontificated.

He said the Foreign Affairs Minister should take the blame for presenting a joint resolution inimical to the country’s interests. Weerawansa said the Foreign Minister should also be blamed for not giving an opportunity for the Joint Opposition to meet the High Commissioner during his visit and place its side of the story before him.

Weerawansa said farmers were confronted with a fertilizer problem although the Minister denied any fertilizer shortage in the country. This problem would not have cropped up if the distribution through Agrarian Service Offices was continued as before.

Parliamentarians Bandula Gunawardena and C B Ratnayake also spoke.