Feb 02, Colombo: The International Council of Jurists (ICJ) has assured that the Sri Lankan government has not committed wrong in removing the former Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake as the removal proceedings were "absolutely" in accordance with the laws prevailing in Sri Lanka.
Issuing a statement Dr. Adish C. Aggarwala, President of the International Council of Jurists and Chairman of All India Bar Association said the ICJ is ready to give its full support to the newly appointed Chief Justice Mohan Peiris and the Sri Lankan Government in the face of the international uproar over the impeachment of Dr. Bandaranayake.
Citing the procedures for removal of judges in several other countries including Australia, Bangladesh, and Singapore, the ICJ said the Sri Lankan system for removal of judges displays a "good amount of similarity" to that of various other countries.
"We are sorry to observe that some organizations are decrying the removal as they are, in fact, not aware of Sri Lankan laws. It is always better to know law first and then comment," the ICJ statement said.
"We may point out that we require strong judiciary, strong executive and strong legislature throughout world who are willing to contribute a lot for preservance of rule of law," the ICJ said.