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Judiciary independence affected by certain MPs’ statements – BASL

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A group of members of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) including its President – Attorney at Law Kaushalya Navaratne met the Speaker – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena at Parliament yesterday (11).

During the meeting Mr. Navaratne stated that the Bar Association has identified that the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary are being affected by the statements made by certain Members of Parliament, inside and outside the chamber regarding the judiciary, the cases in the court and the judges, during the recent past. They said that the Bar Association expresses its regret over this situation as it was also seen that statements were issued mentioning the names of currently serving judges.

Therefore, the President of the Bar Association requested the Speaker to pay attention to this matter and handed over a written request to the Speaker.

The speaker Hon. Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena assured that he will always stand to protect the honor of the judiciary including the judges. Therefore, the speaker stated that it is expected to draw the attention of honorable members in this regard.

Deputy President of BASL – Attorney at Law Nalinda Indratissa, Secretary – Attorney at Law Isuru Balapatabedi, Treasurer – Attorney at Law Chamath Jayasekara, Assistant Secretary – Attorney at Law Mehran Karim were also present in this meeting.

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Cabinet decision to suspend ‘Parate Executions’

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All Parate Executions have been suspended until Dec. 15, as per a Cabinet decision made today (26 Feb.).

The relevant proposal was furnished by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, following a request made by Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, and Minister of Industries Ramesh Pathirana.

Accordingly, the relevant amendments are due to be presented before the Parliament soon.

State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya had informed Parliament last week that steps will be taken to suspend the powers of the ‘Parate execution’ law for a certain period for the purpose of protecting the small and medium-scale entrepreneurs (SMEs).

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Deshabandu Tennakoon appointed as IGP

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Deshabandu Tennakoon has been appointed as 36th Inspector General of Police in Sri Lanka.

President’s Secretary, Saman Ekanayake had handed over his appointment letter earlier today afternoon (Feb. 26).

Since Nov. 29, 2023, Tennakoon served as the Acting IGP. Deshabandu Tennakoon joined the police service in 1998 as an Assistant Superintendent of Police.

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Palestinian PM resigns

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Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has announced the resignation of his government, which rules parts of the occupied West Bank, due to the escalating violence in the occupied territory and the war on Gaza.

“The decision to resign came in light of the unprecedented escalation in the West Bank and Jerusalem and the war, genocide and starvation in the Gaza Strip,” said Shtayyeh, who submitted his resignation to Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday.

“I see that the next stage and its challenges require new governmental and political arrangements that take into account the new reality in Gaza and the need for a Palestinian-Palestinian consensus based on Palestinian unity and the extension of unity of authority over the land of Palestine,” he said.

Shtayyeh’s comments come as US pressure grows on Abbas to shake up the PA and begin work on a political structure that can govern a Palestinian state following the war.

However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has on numerous occasions rejected calls for the PA under Abbas to take control of a Palestinian state and govern Gaza.

Last week, Israeli lawmakers backed Netanyahu’s rejection of any “unilateral” recognition of a Palestinian state.

“The Knesset came together in an overwhelming majority against the attempt to impose on us the establishment of a Palestinian state, which would not only fail to bring peace but would endanger the state of Israel,” said Netanyahu.

(Aljazeera)

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