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* Sri Lankan lawyers ask politicians to desist from actions embarrassing and compromising constitutional values
Thu, Jan 3, 2013, 06:30 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 03, Colombo: The Lawyers Collective of Sri Lanka has called on politicians not to push the country towards anarchy and desist from all actions embarrassing and compromising constitutional values.

Issuing a statement the Lawyers Collective has stated that the day the politicians and State organs decide not to follow court's decisions, Sri Lanka will cease to be a constitutional democracy, and would then be a complete authoritarian state.

Therefore, the group of lawyers has said that all political leaders and all organs of the state to preserve the constitutional and democratic values and not to allow the country to fall into a total lawless state.

The Lawyers Collective has also reiterated that in terms of the Constitution, the interpretation of the Constitution and determination of issues affecting parties are matters exclusively vested in the Courts, and not in the executive or legislature.

"Therefore, all organs of the State and the political parties and their leadership are bound to respect the Constitution, which is based on Rule of Law. No one is above the law. Lawyers Collective is dismayed that certain statements are being made by parliamentarians and state media misleading the public that the Parliament is not bound by the Court orders. There is no doubt that if that was the case, the country would soon be in a state of chaos, for which all those individuals who are spreading false and misleading utterances are responsible," the statement notes.

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