Will AG continue to represent respondents in April Attacks petitions?

Will AG continue to represent respondents in April Attacks petitions?

Will AG continue to represent respondents in April Attacks petitions?

Written by Staff Writer

08 Mar, 2021 | 7:12 pm

Colombo (News 1st); Further examination of the 12 Fundamental Rights applications filed with the Supreme Court regarding the 2019 April 21st Attacks, were postponed to the 07th of June 2021.

The FR applications were filed against Former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, Former IGP Pujith Jayasundara, Intelligence Chiefs, Former President Maithripala Sirisena, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the Former Cabinet of Ministers for failing to take necessary action to prevent the suicide bomb attacks from taking place on the 21st of April 2019, despite having intel on the attacks.

The petitioners request the Supreme Court to order the Attorney General to file criminal charges against the respondents.

Further, the petitioners request for an order to be made citing that the failure to prevent the attacks had violated the Fundamental Rights of all citizens.

The FR applications were called up in the presence of Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya and Justices of the Supreme Court Buwaneka Aluvihare, Priyantha Jayawardena, L. T. B. Dehideniya, Murdhu Fernando, S. Thurairajah, and Gamini Amarasekera.

Senior Additional Solicitor General Priyantha Nawana appearing for the Attorney General requested the court for a period of 08 weeks in order to peruse and study the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry and determine if the Attorney General’s Department will continue to represent the respondents named in the petitions.

President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena appearing for the petitioners strongly opposed the request.

Counsel said the continuous postponement of the examination of the petitions with further aggrieve the families of the victims of the attacks as well as those who were injured.

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