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* No agreements to obtain assistance of international judges - Minister Kiriella
Fri, Mar 8, 2019, 11:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 08, Colombo: There is no agreement whatsoever to obtain the assistance of international judges, emphasized the Leader of the House, Minister Lakshman Kiriella today.

In his reply to a question raised by parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara on the UN resolution in parliament today, during the third day of the budget debate, Minister Kiriella insisted that the government will not seek the assistance of international judges to fulfill the commitments made in the resolution.

MP Jayasekara questioned whether the government expects to bring in a new proposal in addition to what Minister Mangala Samaraweera has brought in at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Minister Kiriella responding to the MP questioned whether the opposition has any confidence in the country's justice system.

"Don't you have any confidence in our justice system? You went against the course of the government on October 26, robbed the government, and blamed the judiciary," the Minister retorted.

The Minister recalled that the international community could have imposed economic sanctions in the past and the situation changed after this government came into power in 2015.

He said the government is closely interacting with the international community and that there is no room for international judges in Sri Lanka's justice processes.

The Minister pointed out that only the technical support of the UNHRC is considered and that the attention was paid to revise the previous proposals.

The government would not allow any war hero or anyone else to be taken before international judges, the Leader of the House stressed.

 

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