There cannot be two rules – Cardinal

There cannot be two rules – Cardinal

There cannot be two rules – Cardinal

Written by Amani Nilar

13 Aug, 2022 | 8:00 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); The Archbishop of Colombo, Rev. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, emphasizes that there cannot be two laws in the land, and alleges that many investigations related to crimes are being swept under the carpet.

His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith stated this participating in a ceremony held in Katuwapitiya on Saturday (13), to distribute aid which was donated by His Holiness Pope Francis to the victims of the bombings which took place on Easter Sunday, April 21st, 2019.

The event was presided over by His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo and His Eminence Brian Udaigwe, Vatican Apostolic Ambassador to Sri Lanka.

His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, speaking at the event said that Sri Lankans have a bad tradition of forgetting dreadful events within two weeks.

"Sri Lanka has a tendency to forget about the murders, horrific attacks, bus bombs, train bombs, murders of political leaders, disappearances, and white van abductions that have happened in this country since time immemorial," His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith stated.

The Archbishop of Colombo alleged that none of the murders and kidnappings which took place in the modern history of Sri Lanka have been properly investigated by any Government, and at times investigations were either not allowed or were swept under the rug. 

His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith went onto say that the very same happened with the Easter Sunday Attacks.

Therefore, the Archbishop of Colombo emphasized that the relevant institutions of the law of the country should be independent, and the Police too, should be independent.

The Police cannot continue to succumb to political pressure, he added.

Moreover, the Archbishop of Colombo said that in order to achieve justice for the people, the current system must change, as otherwise, if there is an attack tomorrow, the same thing will happen.

"That is why we say that the entire system of our country should be changed. You cannot have one law for the men in suits and one law for the man who works on the street. There Can't Be Two Rules. We don't want to overthrow Governments. What we want is justice. We request the Leaders who rule this country to please ensure that the country has a transparent justice system. We are ready to face anything for that purpose," The Archbishop of Colombo stated.

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