Eleven President’s Counsels and former Presidents of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) have expressed “serious concern” that the contents of the report of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Political Victimization may “undermine the Rule of Law in this country, impair independence of the judiciary and erode impartial and efficient functioning of the Attorney General’s Department.”
The senior lawyers, have written to the Secretary of the BASL over news items carrying purported excerpts of the CoI’s proceedings. The lawyers include the incumbent President of the BASL, Mr. Kalinga Indatissa PC and the President-elect, Mr. Saliya Peiris PC.
They have requested the BASL Secretary to take action to apply and obtain from the Secretary to the President, a certified copy of the entirety of the proceedings of the Commission along with the report submitted by it and make it available for their perusal and by any other members of the BASL who may be similarly concerned.
The letter has been signed by PCs, Mr. K. Kanag-Isvaran, Mr. Ikram Mohamed, Mr. Faisz Musthapha, Mr. Upali A. Gooneratne, Mr. Geoffrey Alagaratnam, Mr. Romesh De Silva, Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Mr. U.R. De Silva, Mr. Nihal Jayamanne, Mr. Upul Jayasuriya and Mr. Saliya Peiris.