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* Sri Lankan President reiterates stance of no foreign judges in war crime probes
Sun, Feb 26, 2017, 01:41 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena reiterated his stance that there will be no foreign judges in the domestic mechanism which is to be established to probe the alleged war crimes and human right violations during the three-decade long conflict with the Tamil Tiger terrorists.

President Sirisena said that the government was able to bring an end to the issue of international judges called for judicial investigations to be carried out on the alleged war crimes.

The President made this statement at the ceremony to lay foundation for a new court complex in Polonnaruwa on Saturday.

President Sirisena said that he informed all foreign heads of states who visited Sri Lanka as well as the UN Secretary General, the High Commissioner for Human Rights and leaders of other powerful countries that the government will not invite foreign judges to take part in the war crime probes.

The President explained that Sri Lanka's laws will not allow the participation of foreign judges in domestic investigations and the Constitution has to be changed in order to include foreign judges.

At the same time the government has confidence in the country's judiciary and the judges, the President said emphasizing that the government has confidence in the judges' knowledge, intelligence and their experience.

 


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