Former head of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) Saliya Pieris, PC, yesterday won the BASL presidency with an overwhelming majority.
Pieris succeeded Kalinga Indatissa, PC.
Former BASL President Upul Jayasuriya, PC, last night told The Island that Pieris polled 5162 votes. His rival Kuvera de Zoysa secured 2807 votes.
Pieris served as the first Chairman of the OMP established in terms of 2015 Geneva Resolution meant to promote post-war national reconciliation, Jayasuriya said.
Pieris served as a member of the Human Rights Commission under the leadership of Dr. Deepika Udagama before receiving appointment as Chairman, OMP.
Pieris was Deputy President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka from 2015 to 2017. He played a significant role during the protests against the impeachment of Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.
The new BASL Chief is a lecturer in law and has contributed many papers and articles on law and politics.
Saliya Pieris P.C. is an Eisenhower Fellow and is an alumni of the Dealing With the Past (DwP) Programme, Switzerland and IVLP, USA.