AG tells President he wishes to remain in SL to serve the people

AG tells President he wishes to remain in SL to serve the people

AG tells President he wishes to remain in SL to serve the people

Written by Zulfick Farzan

06 May, 2021 | 10:23 am

COLOMBO (News 1st); Attorney General Dappula de Livera has thanked President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for his appointment as High Commissioner to Canada.

However, De Livera has conveyed to the President that he wishes to remain in Sri Lanka to serve the public, said State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne, the Coordinating Officer to the Attorney General on Thursday (06).

Attorney General Dappula De Livera has concluded action in 27,206 Criminal Cases during his Tenure from May 2019 to May 2021.

On the 10th of May 2019, Dappula Prashantha Joseph de Livera was appointed as Sri Lanka’s 30th Attorney General by then-President Maithripala Sirisena.

Having obtained his primary and secondary education at St. Joseph’s College, Colombo and St. Anthony’s College, Kandy, Mr. De Livera was admitted as an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in 1984.

In 1985, he joined the Attorney General’s Department as State Counsel.

He was promoted as Senior State Counsel in 1996 and as Deputy Solicitor General in 2005.

Shortly, after his appointment as Additional Solicitor General in 2014, His Excellency the President conferred on De Livera the honorific President’s Counsel.

His promotion to the designation of Senior Additional Solicitor General in 2016 was followed by his appointment as Solicitor General in 2018.

De Livera has also served as State Counsel of the Attorney General’s Department of the Republic of Seychelles.

De Livera is a Senior Prosecutor and Appellate Counsel at the Attorney General’s Department serving as the Head of the Department’s Criminal Division.

The Attorney General’s expertise range from the law relating to Financial Crimes, to Narcotics, Terrorism, Human Trafficking and Money Laundering.

He has also served as a Legal Consultant to the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank and as and the Senior Legal Counsel to a Special Presidential Commission that inquired into the Maintenance of Law and Order in Sri Lanka.

Notably, Mr. De Livera was the Chief Prosecutor of the Commission of Inquiry appointed to Investigate and Inquire into and Report on the Issuance of Treasury Bonds (popularly called the “Bond Commission”) De Livera earned high praise for his role as a fiercely independent prosecutor of the Commission.

Being an officer with a strong academic inclination, De Livera in 2002 completed the Master of Laws Degree at the prestigious University College London.

His academic publications deal with such matters as Money Laundering and Human Trafficking.

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