Author Archive for Judiciary

NEWSGL: Colombo Port City Bill received AG’s sanction

Monday, April 19th, 2021

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris says that the proposed Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill is consistent with the Constitution. Prof. Peiris, who is also the Education Minister, insists the Bill received the sanction of the Attorney General. Prof. Peiris explained to the media the circumstances under which the […]

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AG files appeal against granting bail to Bond Scam suspects

Monday, April 19th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Attorney General Dappula de Livera has filed an appeal before the Supreme Court challenging the order of the Trial-at-Bar granting bail to the Bond Scam suspects, the Coordinating Officer of the Attorney General State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne said. On April 01, former Minister Ravi Karunanayake and seven suspects who were accused in another […]

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Five-member bench to hear petition against Port City Economic Commission Bill

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana A five-member Supreme Court judge bench has been appointed to hear the petition filed against the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill. Chaired by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, the bench consists of Supreme Court Judges Buwaneka Aluvihare, Priyantha Jayawardena, Murdu Fernando and Janak de Silva. The petition, filed by Chairman of the Association […]

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Removal of CJ Peiris unconstitutional: Justice Minister- Remedial measures promised

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island Justice Minister Ali Sabry told Parliament yesterday that the process of removing Mohan Peiris from the post of Chief Justice in 2015 was illegal. Answering a question raised by Matale District SLPP MP Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon, Minister Sabry said that he would take appropriate action after consulting Prime Minister […]

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Action will be taken to rectify Mohan Peiris removal

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

YOHAN PERERA AND AJITH SIRIWARDANA Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Justice Minister said he will seek the Prime Minister’s advice on the unlawful removal of one time Chief Justice Mohan Peiris from his post and rectify it Action will be taken to rectify the removal of Mohan Peiris as the Chief justice in 2015 with […]

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Three including ex-CJ Mohan Peiris acquitted & released from Bribery Commission’s case

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Colombo Magistrate’s Court today (30) acquitted and released Former Chief Justice Mohan Peiris and two others from a case filed by the Bribery Commission. When the case was called before Colombo Chief Magistrate Buddhika Sri Ragala earlier today, Additional Director General of Bribery Commission Subhashini Senanayake informed the court of the complainant’s intent […]

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NEWS‘UK suppressed wartime HC dispatches unfavorable to Western strategy at UNHRC’

Friday, March 26th, 2021

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island … 20-year UN ban on examination of accusations travesty of justice: ex-CJ Former Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva (1999-2009), on Thursday (18), alleged that the British government had suppressed diplomatic cables sent by its wartime Defence Attaché Lt. Colonel Anthony Gash from the British High Commission, Colombo, because they […]

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The UK High Court quashes the judgement of the Westminster Magistrates’ Court against former Minister Counsellor (Defence) of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London Major Gen Priyanka Fernando

Friday, March 19th, 2021

High Commission of Sri Lanka  London The appeal made to the UK High Court by Major Gen Priyanka Fernando, the former Minister Counsellor (Defence) of the Sri Lanka High Commission against the judgement of the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on him was allowed today, 19 March 2021. In the judgement handed down by the High Court, […]

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AG files indictments before Trial-at-Bars hearing bond scam cases

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Attorney General has filed indictments against the suspects of the Central Bank bond scam, says the AG’s Coordinating Officer State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne. The indictments were lodged before the two Trial-at-Bars hearing the legal matters on Central Bank Treasury Bond auctions held between March 29 and March 31, 2016. The Chief Justice […]

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ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තීරණ උල්ලංඝනය නොකරන්න…‘19 නීතියක් බවට පත් වීමට පැවැත්විය යුතු ජනමත විචාරණය පවත්වන්න…’!

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින * 19 ව්‍යවස්ථා කුමන්ත‍්‍රණය කළ අයට දඬුවම් කරන්න… ! 2002දී පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ගෙන එන ලද 19 වන ආණ්ඩුක‍්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන පනත් කෙටුම්පතේ 5 වන වගන්තිය අනුව ආණ්ඩුක‍්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 70 වන ව්‍යවස්ථාවට ඉක්බිතිව 70 (අ) ලෙස ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් ගෙන එමින් වසරකට පසු ජනාධිපතිවරයාට පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසිරවීම අවශ්‍ය වන්නේ නම් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ නොපැමිණි මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයන්ද […]

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Five-member SC bench to consider Nagananda’s petition against 20A

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana A five-member judge bench of the Supreme Court has been appointed by the Chief Justice to take up a petition challenging the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. Supreme Court Justices Gamini Amarasekara, Yasantha Kodagoda, A.H.M.D. Nawaz, Kumudini Wickremesinghe and Shiran Gunaratne will accordingly serve as the members of the bench. The relevant petition, […]

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JUDICIAL CORRUPTION

Sunday, February 28th, 2021

Dr Nihal Jayawickrama Courtesy The Island I grew up, spending my childhood, adolescence and early adult life, in the home of a judge who ended his judicial career as head of the country’s highest court. I also had the enviable experience of serving as his private secretary sometime between my graduation and entry into the […]

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AG: Only section of PCoI report received, won’t be able to proceed without balance four volumes

Friday, February 26th, 2021

Courtesy The Island The Attorney General’s Department yesterday (25) said that a section of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (P CoI) report had been received by AG Dappula de Livera, PC. The AG received the Volume 1, which contains the final report,” a spokesperson for the Department said. According to the official the remaining volumes […]

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PCoI report on Easter attacks handed over to Speaker

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Presidential Secretariat has handed over the report of Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on the Easter Sunday terror attacks to Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene. On the directive of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Director General (Legal) of the Presidential Secretariat, Mr. Hariguptha Rohanadheera handed over the Presidential Commission report on Easter […]

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Easter Attack PCoI report will be made public : Education Minister

Saturday, February 20th, 2021

Courtesy Ceylon Today The Minister of Education Professor G.L. Peiris states that the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on the Easter Sunday Attack will be publicised. He stated this at a press conference held in Colombo today (15), The Minister of Education also acknowledged that the Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has […]

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Two Trial-at-Bars to try Bond Scam suspects

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Chief Justice has appointed two Trial-at Bars for the hearing of the Bond Scam cases involving the two Treasury Bond Auctions in March 2016. The Attorney General requested for a Trial at Bar for the case on February 11, 2021, to try former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, former Governor of Central Bank […]

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AG requests for another Trial-at-Bar for third bond auction

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Attorney General has requested for another Trial-at-Bar for the trial of the Bond Scam involving the third Treasury Bond Auction of March 31, 2016. The Coordinating Officer of the Attorney General State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne stated that Attorney General Dappula de Livera made this request to the Chief Justice today (February 15). […]

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Card Ranjith calls on the ICC to investigates the Easter attacks

Friday, February 12th, 2021

by Melani Manel Perera Courtesy AsiaNews.it In case the local justice fails, the prelate wants the International Criminal Court in The Hague to intervene. The Sri Lankan government is already under UN pressure over its handling of the conflict with Tamil separatists. Victims’ families back the cardinal’s initiative. Colombo (AsiaNews) – Card Malcolm Ranjith yesterday […]

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AG requests copy of Easter attacks commission report

Friday, February 12th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Attorney General Dappula De Livera has requested for a copy of the final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate the Easter Sunday terror attacks. The Attorney General has requested for a copy of the report from the Secretary to the President in order to consider forwarding charges against […]

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AG seeks Trial-at-Bar to try Bond Scam suspects

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Attorney General Dappula de Livera today (February 11) requested the Chief Justice to appoint a trial-at-bar to try former Minister Ravi Karunanayake, former CBSL governor Arjuna Mahendran, Perpetual Treasuries Limited owner Arjun Aloysius and 8 others over the Bond Scam involving Treasury Bond Auction of March 2016. The request came after the Criminal […]

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Presidents appoints 12 new High Court Judges

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily Mirror President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa today handed over letters of appointment to 12 new High Court Judges at the Presidential Secretariat. The new High Court Judges received letters of appointment were; 01- N.K.D.K.I. Nanayakkara – District Judge 02- R.L. Godawela – District Judge 03- V. Ramakamalan – District Judge 04- U.R.V.B Ranatunga – […]

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Supreme Court rejects Ranjan’s appeal

Monday, February 1st, 2021

Courtesy Ceylon Today A special appeal was filed at the Supreme Court today (01) seeking a revision of the judgment against Ranjan Ramanayake, who was sentenced to four years of rigorous imprisonment for contempt of Court. The petition filed by Attorney-at-Law Dinesh Vidanapathirana, representing Ramanayake was rejected by the Supreme Court on the ground that […]

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Presidential commission on Easter attacks hands over final report to President

Monday, February 1st, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks handed over its final report to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (Feb. 01). Hearings and other procedures of the Presidential Commission officially came to a conclusion on January 27, 2021. The Commission was appointed by former President Maithripala Sirisena on […]

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Interdicted HC Judge Gihan Pilapitiya reinstated

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Steps have been taken to reinstate the interdicted Embilipitiya High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya, sources say. Reportedly, the Judicial Service Commission is due to issue a letter regarding his reinstatement. While he is reinstated to his duties, Pilapitiya will still be subjected to an investigation, according to sources. Embilipitiya High Court Judge Gihan […]

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AG finds MCC Compact inconsistent with the Constitution

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Attorney General has declared the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact to be inconsistent with the Constitution of Sri Lanka. According to State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne, the Coordinating Officer of the Attorney General, the Attorney General has advised the Secretary to the President on the matter through a 20-page detailed instruction letter. The […]

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Ranjan’s parliamentary seat vacant, AG confirms

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Attorney General has declared that Ranjan Ramanayake’s seat in the parliament has fallen vacant due to his conviction and prison sentence. The Attorney General has advised the Secretary-General of the Parliament on this matter today (18), according to the Coordinating Officer of the Attorney General State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne. On January 12, […]

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Over 12,000 inmates released to reduce overcrowding at prisons

Saturday, January 16th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily Mirror A total number of 12,339 prison inmates have been released from prisons across the country since December 1, 2020 upto today, in order to reduce congestion privailing in prisons. Prison spokesman Chandana Ekanayake said accordingly, 1,100 remanded male prisoners and 26 female inmates were among the released. Moreover, 10,832 male suspects […]

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AG to drop murder case against Pillayan

Monday, January 11th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Attorney General’s Department today informed the Batticaloa High Court that it will not continue with the case against MP Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan” regarding the murder of former TNA MP Joseph Pararajasingham. Senior State Counsel Madhawa Tennakoon informed the Batticaloa High Court of this decision today (11). Six defendants including Pillayan have […]

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AG’s Dept to move to new building on Monday

Saturday, December 12th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana The new building of the Attorney General’s Department in Hulftsdorp is expected to be occupied by the officials on Monday (December 14). Soft opening of the new building will be presided upon by Attorney General Dappula de Livera, his coordination officer State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne said.

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Sri Lanka aims to release at least 8,000 inmates from prisons

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana State Minister of Prison Management and Prisoners’ Rehabilitation Lohan Ratwatte emphasizing on the present congestion in prisons given the rising numbers of inmates, stated that the government is looking to reduce the number at least by 8,000.  He stated this addressing the inaugural meeting of the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Justice chaired by […]

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