Experts on international law were summoned to serve in advisory capacity: Former President

Experts on international law were summoned to serve in advisory capacity: Former President

Experts on international law were summoned to serve in advisory capacity: Former President

Written by Tharushan Fernando

22 Oct, 2015 | 6:31 am

Former President Mahinda Rajapaka states that a number of experts on international law were summoned, only to serve in an advisory capacity in the fields of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law with the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Complaints of Abductions and Disappearances.

A communique issued by the Media Unit of Mahinda Rajapaksa states that this action was taken based on a written request made by the Chairman of the Commission, Maxwell Paranagama, and that the experts had no further duty to fulfill, other than sharing their expertise.

Motoo Noguchi of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Japan, met with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and held discussions on Wednesday morning. The communique issued by the Media Unit of the Former President states that Motoo Noguchi expressed his appreciation of the invitation which had been extended to him by the Rajapaksa government to serve in an advisory capacity to assist the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Complaints of Abductions and Disappearances.

The former president points out that at no time were the expertise of foreign judges received in order to carry out prosecution, or to set up a court against the armed forces or any other citizen. In the communique, Rajapaksa further states that while such an action would be opposed by the people, it would be against the constitution as well as the sovereign law of the nation to implement judicial procedures through foreign experts.

Assistant Secretary General to the UN on Political Affairs, Miroslav Jenča, arrived in the country on Wednesday. on an official tour.

The UN Office in Colombo stated that Miroslav Jenča would engage in discussions with the Sri Lankan government during his official tour of the country and would meet the President and the Prime Minster during his stay.

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