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* Sri Lankan President reiterates stance on foreign judges, says there are enough local judges with knowledge
Mon, Dec 18, 2017, 11:13 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena reiterating his stance that foreign judges should not be involved in the country's internal affairs, said the country's judiciary must be trusted to carry out justice as the background required to make decisions independently and issue verdicts without any political influence has been set up.

The President made these remarks while addressing the Annual Conference for Judicial Officers started at Galadari Hotel in Colombo today.

The two-day conference was organized by the Sri Lanka Judges Institute on the request of the Judicial Service Association of Sri Lanka.

Speaking at the occasion, the President said he believes that background required for judges to make their decisions independently and issue verdicts without any political influence has been set up.

President Sirisena said he was of the strict view that the foreign judges should not be brought to the country at any time. On every such occasion, he said that he has mentioned that there should be trust in the judiciary.

The President said he explained to the international community that under this government it will be permitted to implement a judiciary that can be trusted and is the supremacy of law.

He has also explained that there are enough intellectuals with good knowledge in the field to carry out legal tasks without consulting foreign judges.

As a result of that, the problem has been removed, he said.

Some members of the LTTE diaspora living in countries abroad and members of some organizations as well as some NGOs affiliated to LTTE are the ones still making various statements and had not given up the cause.

However, neither the UN organizations nor the Human Rights Council nor the government of any other countries in the world have presented their opinion at any time regarding the foreign judges.

"I consider it a victory Sri Lanka received as an independent sovereign country," he said.

Speaking of promotions granted to judges, the President said he has informed the Chief Justice and the Judicial Services Commission to prepare a formal system which everyone can accept to solve the problems that have risen when granting promotions to judges.

The President emphasized that judges approaching anyone to submit facts about promotions is not suitable.

The commemorative volume which had been published on behalf of the Annual Conference of the Judicial Services Commission was presented to the President at the event.

The group of people including Minister of Justice Thalatha Atukorala, Chief Justice Priyasath Dep and the President of the Judicial Services Association Ranga Dissanayake, and the Chairman of the Judicial Services Commission Pradeep Jayatilleka were present at the occasion.


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