ICJ backs Sri Lankan Govt and ‘Black-coat brahmins’ bite the bullet
Posted on February 2nd, 2013

P.A.Samaraweera

The International Council of Jurists had cleared the Sri Lankan govt with regard to the process adopted to impeach Shiranie Bandaranayake. In doing so, the ICJ had said, “…We take this opportunity to assure that the Sri Lankan govt has not committed any wrong in removing Chief Justice
Shiranie B, as the removal proceedings were absolutely in accordance with the prevalent Sri Lankan laws… We are sorry to observe that some are decrying the removal, as they are, in fact, not aware of Sri Lankan laws…The govt had  not committed any wrong in removing Chief Justice Shiranie B…”

Thus the International Council of Jurists has assured the govt of Sri Lanka of its full support for the impeachment and appointment of a new Chief Justice.

Therefore, the govt had quite rightly blocked entry of a group of lawyers from the UK who had planned to visit Sri Lanka for 10 days to probe the impeachment. Obviously, this group is financed and backed by those looking for regime change, the LTTE rump and the ‘Black-coat brahmins’ who supported Shiranie B. After the International Council of Jurists had made their observations on the impeachment, the ‘brahmins’ have no choice now but to bite the bullet.

9 Responses to “ICJ backs Sri Lankan Govt and ‘Black-coat brahmins’ bite the bullet”

  1. Senevirath Says:

    This is why Prof ..NALIN de SILVA says that this is a fight between brhamins and 56 DARUWO

    Any way it is better to describe what I C J is . Otherwise some might say they are puppets of the Govt..

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    From another post.

    “Israeli airstrike on Syria, an absolute war crime : George Galloway”

    May be. What’s worse – committing a war crime to save the nation or allowing Hezbulla have Syrian chemical weapons?

    Obviously a war crime is the lesser of the 2 evils.

  3. Wickrama Says:

    The title should have been;

    “ICJ backs Sri Lankan Govt and ‘Black-coat brahmins’ bite THEIR TIGER TAILS!

  4. cassandra Says:

    PAS,
    It is a good thing that you have stated the name of The International COUNCIL of Jurists in full, instead of only using its initials – ICJ, because as most readers will recall the other body with the same initials, ICJ – The International COMMISSION of Jurists also issued a report on the matter, expressing quite the opposite view. The names of the two organizations are so alike that many readers will have been confused wondering how one body could have issued two contradictory reports.

    But what is the big deal anyway? That two different bodies should have expressed two different viewpoints is no more surprising than two sets of lawyers stating opposing positions.

    I believe discerning readers are quite capable, having heard both viewpoints and the surfeit of material on the subject, to make up their minds for themselves.

    But I do wonder why the government, if it is so convinced of its cause, should see fit to deny visas to that other group of lawyers to visit the island.

  5. NeelaMahaYoda Says:

    Casandra
    The International COUNCIL of Jurist is an international academic body established to uphold and promote the Rule of Law and social justice and to promote the administration of justice and law and its healthy development, suitable to the social, economic and other needs of the people. The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is an international human rights non-governmental organization (NGO). The four-member delegation of the International Bar Association (IBA), which is also a political body of Lawyers, were attempting to enter Sri Lanka illegally with falsified reasons given in their visa applications. The GOSL should stop every Tom , Dick and Harry come to Sri Lanka and issue biased anti-government reports on Sri Lanka.
    Copy below is the Hindu report;
    Accusing eminent jurist and former Chief Justice J.S.Verma and a Bar Association delegation of withholding information and misrepresenting facts, Sri Lanka said on Sunday that it blocked the visit of the four-member delegation of the International Bar Association (IBA) because it detected “inaccurate information contained in the visa applications.”
    Because of this “regrettably, the Government of Sri Lanka was constrained to withdraw visas issued through the ETA system for 3 applicants and the other by a diplomatic mission,” the Ministry added.
    Former Indian Chief Justice, J.S.Verma, who was to arrive in Colombo late on Friday to head an international fact-finding mission to assess the legal issues involved in the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, was forced to cancel his visit. The other members too had to cancel their visits.
    The Sri Lankan External Affairs Ministry said that three persons had applied in the Business Visa category. They “were issued on the basis of the purpose of the visit being reflected as Conferences, Workshops and Seminars, while the 4th person had been issued a gratis visa and the purpose of the visit being cited as Private,” a press release from the Ministry said.
    “Subsequently, it came to light that the stated purpose for the visit in the applications was not in conformity with the actual nature of the visit. In fact, there were media reports to the effect that this is an international fact finding delegation with a mandate to probe and prepare a report on the recent impeachment of the former Chief Justice,” the Ministry said.
    Admitting that the Ministry was aware of the real purpose of the visit of the delegation, the Ministry said: “one of the delegates is on record stating that the delegation would be interviewing, in this regard, members of the Judiciary, Government functionaries, Members of Parliament and the local community. This demonstrates that the visit was not for the purpose of attending Conferences, Workshops and Seminars but undertaking activity surreptitiously which is of an intrusive nature to the sovereignty of Sri Lanka,” the Ministry claimed.
    “Considering the prestigious reputation of the IBA, it would be expected that the organisation would scrupulously adhere to the rules and regulations governing a country’s visa regime. Further, intimidatory behaviour on the part of one of the IBA delegates directed at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London is unbecoming. In keeping with the Government of Sri Lanka’s interest in transparency, bona-fide applications for visits of this nature are processed

  6. Marco Says:

    A cursory look at the International Commission of Jurists website would also reveal interesting information and Mr Agrawala.

  7. Fran Diaz Says:

    Sri Lanka is swimming in International Waters now re various legal approaches to problems created by the Cold War/Tamil Caste Wars. The citizens of Lanka are now learning the finer points such as the difference between the TWO ICJs !
    What a world ! Know thy Law (local & International) or perish.

  8. Fran Diaz Says:

    Have Sri Lanka authorities clarified Laws re Illegal Migrants ?
    If so, we would like to know what these Laws are and who is authorised to give Citizenship in Sri Lanka to Illegal Migrants.

  9. Marco Says:

    Interesting we have the former CJ, Sarath Silva, in an interview a few days ago advocating the fact that “de jure” CJ is Shirani Bandaranayake and “de facto” CJ is Mohan Peiris.

    Its a typical Chameleon act of a man with very little conscious or credibility.

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