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Deputy -Solicitor-General Appreciates Conduct of Ex-Def-Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa For Respectfully Refusing to make Statements to the Media Within Court Premises.

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Lakmal Sooriyagoda

The Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar Bench yesterday appreciated the prompt reaction by the parties concerned to ensure a conducive environment for witnesses.

The judges urged all parties involved in the D. A. Rajapaksa Museum case, to act themselves in a manner that secures the respect of their professions inside court.The Trial-at-Bar Bench comprising High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne made this request following an observation by Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris

On January 22, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing for the Attorney General raised objections into the highly ‘militarised’ environment around the Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar.

The Trial-at-Bar Bench yesterday appreciated the prompt reaction by the parties concerned to ensure a conducive environment for witnesses with the absence of security personnel in civvies inside the courtroom.

DSG Peiris also appreciated the behaviour of former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who respectfully refused to make statements to the media in the court premises.

At a previous occasion DSG Peiris appearing for the prosecution raised objections into the highly ‘militarised’ environment around the Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar. He informed court that this would adversely affect witnesses expected to testify before court in due course.

He also brought the attention of the court that some people are engaging in media circus outside the court in a manner affecting witnesses that they will not be safe.

Order on Gota’s preliminary objections fixed for Feb. 11

The order regarding the preliminary objections raised by former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and six others challenging the Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar’s jurisdiction to hear D. A. Rajapaksa Museum case was today fixed for February 11.

The Trial-at-Bar bench comprised High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne.

Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Dileepa Peiris appearing for the Attorney General today provided answers to the arguments presented by defence counsel who challenged the court’s jurisdiction to hear this case.

DSG Peiris submitted to court that Permanent High Court-at-Bar was established through the provisions of Judicature (Amendment) Act, No. 9 of 2018 and the matter was extensively debated at the Supreme Court.

Courtesy:Daily News

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