PM questions validity of interim order stopping the arrest of Gotabaya Rajapaksa (watch report)

PM questions validity of interim order stopping the arrest of Gotabaya Rajapaksa (watch report)

Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara

15 May, 2015 | 9:35 pm

On Thursday (May 14th) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe announced that the stance of the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association needs to be sought over the Supreme Court decision regarding Former Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa..

The Prime Ministers statement was the centre of discussion in the political fora today.

Issuing a communique, the Jathika Hela Urumaya or the JHU says that the statement made by the Prime Minister challenges the power of the Supreme Court. The communique issued bearing the signature of Media Secretary of the JHU, Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe states that the Prime Minister’s statement has undermined the Judiciary of the country.

MP Dullas Alahapperuma commenting on the statement made by the Prime Minister stated that Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued a warning to the Supreme Court adding that his statement insults and disgraces the Sri Lankan Judiciary.

Speaking on the matter Senior Lawyer Gomin Dayasiri stated that the PM looks at all issues from an international perspective and added that if he is working under the influences of the international community, the tenure of this Government will be short-lived.

The court decision was also discussed at a meeting at Temple Trees today.

Speaking at the occasion Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe noted that he had received the 600 page petition filed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa adding that he has yet to receive an official order from court.

The Prime Minister went on to question the validity of the interim order stating that three judges need to be present in-order to issue such an order.

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