18 May, 2022

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A Woman Lawyer Exposes Some Disgusting Abuses Of Sri Lankan Justice System

A woman lawyer has exposed the utterly confused, silly, and sad situation that prevails in some of the courts, which she had been practicing for over seven years. It is a revealing speech, which shows the lowest depths that the justice system in Sri Lanka is faced with. She exposes some of the judges and also lawyers including some members of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka.

For example, she, Sugandhika Fernando, speaks of going to a court where she found that three people applying lime on the head and the foot of judge because the judge has come to court too drunk, and that to revive him before the court sessions. Then she gives details of long series of events, which are highly scandalous and shameful.

There certainly is something radically wrong in the judicial system and also the manner in which legal profession is practiced in many parts of the country. She gives examples of corruption, sexual exploitation of clients and even junior lawyers by some seniors, and also how lawyers collaborate with police men in corrupt practices.

What is important is that she and few others are speaking about these things loudly. However, in the private sphere, many lawyers and clients, and people who know about the facts in the courts have same type of tale to tell from all around Sri Lanka.

What is even more saddening is in a manner in which some of the present leaders of the Bar Association are behaving, ignoring all these criticisms and even attacking the critics for reasons, which are far from honorable.

It is to be hoped that more people will begin to articulate like this lady-lawyer has done and also some other lawyers. In addition, a protest movement develops to explore the rotten aspects of justice sector, which is so vital for proper functioning of society.

All this corruption and demeaning behavior implies that people at large are denied of opportunities for justice, and that people will therefore have little trust in this kind of system. (By Asian Human Rights Commission)

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    Minister of Justice has Mr. Nambuwasam as her legal adviser.

    Corrupt leading the corrupt. The ministers of justice we have had for many decades are directly responsible for the Justice of Srilanka to reach the gutter level where she is in rightfully now.

    We must be immensely grateful to the brave lady for calling the Emperor stark naked.

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      Low..yers with bogus Law degrees are destroying our nation.
      Our President is crying out for new Business ventures through the Bussiness community at the recent Business Forum in UK.
      The International Business men and women knows very well about the Business Practises in Srilanka.
      They know jolly well that it will not be straight forward.
      The foreign Bussiness ventures collapses due to the GREED of the Srilankans.
      It’s a fact.
      President should have known our past failed business ventures with foreign companies.
      In simple terms ultimately no one wants to do business with us.

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      Dear Ms. Sugandhika Fernando,

      Thank you very much for exposing these crooks who are supposed to be in charge of law and order. Of course the crooks and the politicians know about it, and do not want to upset the gravy train. So, what can the honest and common can do?

      You are doing it right. Thank you for your courage.The key is to expose, expose and expose.
      The land needs thousands of citizens like you to expose these crooks.

      This exposure should be undertaken very widely and made viral .Leave no space for the crooks to hide

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        Amarasiri ,

        ” The key is to expose , expose and expose.” And then ? It is the whole
        country that is held hostage by these crooks ! The worst part is , it is
        the people that encourage corruption and so it is two way traffic ! If
        you start from kindergarten straight away , it will take safely another
        twenty five years to see some positive results of about five or ten
        percent in the beginning . Won’t it take time to get rid of the Silver
        hairs completely ? Reaching at least forty percent success would be an
        achievement even in fifty years realistically and practically in my view.
        All that is if you start immediately ! Or else , GOOOOOOOOVINDA !

    • 3
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      Can anybody tell us whether the above news item or Walikada prison news has been aired in the main stream media or not ? Especially on Sirasa , Derana or Hiru news channels ?

      • 3
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        Shrilal ,

        ITN and Rupavahini not mainstream ? Ranil said it was the social
        media that was behind the defeat of MARA ! Social media is fully
        capable of at least EXPOSING bad eggs ! Media is no more in the
        hands of politicised conventional GURUS .

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      Bravo to a Brave Woman! Hope more honest people become Whistle blowers.

      Avant Guard scammers Wijedasa Jarapassa and Tilak Marapone are good examples of the corrupt rot that passes for law in Lanka, where Prime Minister (Ha, Ha, Ha) Bondscam Ranil, looted the Central Bank to pay off corrupt politicians in the Diyawenna Parliament of corrupt clowns and buy them SUVs on the advise of his foreign handlers and economic advisers..
      The fish rots from the head down – with help of global networks of corruption.., Bi-partisan UNP-SLFP corruption is brokered to protect these Avant Guard scammers/ lawyers who promote superpower security interests and protect US citizen Gota Jarapassa — ironically the name of (Fake) Reconciliation in Miracle of Modayas!
      Long live miracle of Modayas!

  • 29
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    CT gives a flavour of The state of Sri Lanka. Some of the recent blogs in CT;

    Why Lanka’s Parliament Has Declined & Decayed
    Sangha Needs Cleansing
    Journalism A failed Profession
    Disgusting Abuses Of Sri Lankan Justice System
    Corrupt Police
    Corrupt Central Bank
    Corrupt Sri Lankan Airlines
    State of Cricket

    All in ALL The Miracle of Asia

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      Rajash, stop writing comments that you have no clue about, which means almost all things under the sun, an start packing your bags, The UK Gestapo is coming. They will not kill you, because the SL government does not accept the killing of one of their citizens, but they will deport you, willingly or forcibly.

      • 14
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        Edwin Rodrgo:Rajash,”… stop writing comments that you have no clue about..”
        I have not written any comments.
        I have just listed what others have written….this is the state of Sri Lanka
        By the way no one can deport me ….there is no grounds…I am a law abiding citizen in my adopted country.
        My3 is here in London …..ask him to ask UK Govt to try an deport me….he will get a shit load of insult on his face

    • 15
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      Every corner of the every systems whether it is political, religious or cultural are shown deterioration since the power transferred from the British to Sinhalese. Who do you blame for this deterioration and what factors contributed to this deterioration? Where is the problem? It it with the system or Is it with the people who run the system?We have problem with maintaining law and order? We have problem with providing justice? We have the problems in dealing with corruption? What are the barriers? We did not have such problems until the power transferred from British to Sinhalese. We did not have such problems even before the period of foreign occupation.We were proud of our civilisation. Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims lived in this island for many years. Why now? why now? We know the answer to these questions but we do not want to accept that answer.

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        LOL The only problem SL faces is its inability to stand up for itself. These are socio economic problems. These are classic problems any country would face if they danced to the tunes of IMF and world bank, UN following neo liberal policies and of course due to Tamil separatist politics.

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        Why was there no Kandyan dancers accompaning Sillysena to UK for the Commonwealth Conference to attract British business investors to SL?

    • 10
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      R.
      What else do you expect from a BANANA REPUBLIC.?
      Stressing the obvious, eh?
      Patholaya’s address in SINGLISH at the Commonwealth gathering was hilarious; he should have used a teleprompter: not read from a script!

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        Sarrij I didnt watch it ……can you please upload the linkplease

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      Rajash

      somass, Hela, wannihami, Taraki, Percy, KASmaalam, thrishu, ……………….. believe every arm of the state was fine, working efficiently, for the people, ………………. until the arrival of Yahapalana.

      If you don’t agree with them you will be branded a traitor, LTTE diaspora, …………… etc. Forget Jim Softy, nobody knows if he is coming or going.

  • 16
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    Forget the “Bond Scam”, there should be a Presidential Commission to enquire into the “Judiciary Scam”.

  • 10
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    One for you Thalatha from a Lady lawyer

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      R.
      This Lady has guts.
      The justice minister is a political appointment has a different agenda; Nothing will get done.

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    Don’t put sinhala clips in a english website. We can;t understand. goes against all journalistic ethics.

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      I just looked into it and unlike some tabloid that carry websites separated on language ..CT does not indicate so ..So it does encourage Sinhala clips and I have read some of the very best of investigative journalism from people who dare to switch the language and getting the idiom across , the emotion and the reality of the moment .Having read Sinhala for my basic degree I am awed at the growth of the language due to the skills of these people to widen their vocabulary ..leaving me amere novice and encouraging me to learn ..Good on ya CT in Australian lingo !

    • 0
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      May be you dont need to understand it. you know local stuff

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      Jerome Schokman

      “We can;t understand.”

      This is a Sinhala/Buddhist country.
      Majority speaks Singhlish.
      What is your problem?

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      Jerome Schokman,

      “Don’t put sinhala clips in a english website. We can;t understand. goes against all journalistic ethics.”

      Journalistic Ethics?

      Sinhala clips are digital, and the English web site is digital as well.

      What is journalism? Journalism is the production and the distribution of reports on recent events. The word journalism applies to the occupation (professional or not), the methods of gathering information, and the organizing literary styles. Journalistic media include: print, television, radio, Internet, and, in the past, newsreels.

      There is no restriction as to the medium of communication, i.e. language, provided some some summary is given to the audience who do not understand that original language.

      In many cases, the original report in the original language will clearly communicate the message, as in the current case in the original Sinhala. Therefore those audiences who are proficient in multiple languages are at an advantage to comprehend the message more clearly than those who know only the translation.

      What is language? A medium of communication.

      Remember, this is the Digital Age.

    • 0
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      Dear Jerome Schokman,
      .
      I’ve dismissed your comment as just silly, indicative of your lethargy and dullness.
      .
      But beware! Comments such as yours cause a great deal of damage. They infuriate those who are sensitive about their uncertain social status.
      .
      And you say it from the safety of a foreign land.
      .
      And you do not live in the lands your ancestors of 500 years ago lived.
      .
      And you live in a land whose rightful owners also you probably don’t respect – I mean the Aboriginals.
      .
      And you forget that your more recent ancestors were allowed to live comfortably in this “my land” (if Native Vedda will permit me to say so) for a few centuries.
      .
      A guy like me COULD start teaching you ETHICS more fundamental than journalistic. And perhaps teach you English as well! What did your ancestors speak? Dutch, which neither of us understands, probably.

  • 15
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    “three people applying lime on the head and the foot of judge because the judge has come to court too drunk, and that to revive him before the court sessions. “
    This explains how murderers are walking free, Gota should be sending a bottle of Gal before appearing in court the next day.
    Disgrace on the kangaroo court.

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    Dr. Dharashana W; Since writing my comment to you, I thought of reminding of “ETHICS” demonstrated by no lesser than the previous Chief Justice, Mr. Mohan Peiris. When his resignation was requested no sooner this Government came; he OFFERED two thins to do (1). To deliver Judgements, they do want and/or (2) To appoint him as an Ambassador. Then take the appointment of his predecessor Mrs. Shirani Bandaranayke as the CJ. Who brought her, a complete outsider? No lessor person than Prof. G.L.Peiris – the President of the “Pohottuwa Party”. Was that ETHICS? Next take another CJ – Sarath N de Silva, who PUBLICLY declared that he made an erroneous Judgement in that “Helping Hambanthota” case. I don’t know to what “Profession” you belong to with that “Dr” title. Yet, don’t you think the BEST ETHIC would be to follow the COMMAND of what your heart demands and choose what is RIGHT & WRONG? I am reminding these incidents, because Sri Lankans FORGET easily and soon in lieu of SELFISHNESS and SELF GAINS.

    • 6
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      Well said Douglas. Keep up the battle.

      Let us thank these Yapalana guys for only one thing. They have given us the freedom to criticise.

      No idea for how long though……..
      .

  • 14
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    Wonder why it took seven years to speak up? Probably she thought enough was enough. Very courages lady, hopefully we will see more professionals come out with revealing stories.

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    Sugandhika Fernando for Minister of Justice!

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      As usual yahapala idiots are taking temporary athal, without a realisation and vision

  • 17
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    Sugandika , may you be well and happy in this Rotten Country where we all belong.
    You have made history by exposing the disgusting behaviours of your fellow Professionals.
    Please Please don’t be afraid to speak against the Juggernauts of the Profession.
    Remember you are exposing the ills of this nation to bring a change . A change for better.
    With the help of like minded Professionals you can make a change.
    Do it for yourself, for your family, your Nation.
    We need people in Certain professions to wake up, don’t get trodden on by your bosses bad practises.
    All services we need More SUGANDIKAS TO MAKE A CHANGE.
    THANK YOU FOR SHOWING YOUR GRIT AND DETERMINATION.

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    On X’mas day 2011, Kuram Shaikh (ICRC worker from Rochdale, UK) was brutally murdered at Tangalle and unconscious injured and bleeding girl friend gang raped. The main suspect was Chandra Pushpa Vidanapathirana, the chairman of the then Tangalle village council and friend of Namal. An year later the then MP for Rochdale, Simon Danczuk, arrived to find out as to why no arrests had been made. Cold shouldered, the MP returned. At the 2013CHOGM this was raised by the British PM and reportedly by Prince Charles in private. The Rochdale MP was there too. Action (sort of) was taken only after this!
    This is just another example of “………Disgusting Abuses Of Sri Lankan Justice System”.
    .
    Thank you Sugandhika Fernando for the expose’. We need more civic minded lawyers of her calibre.

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      Actually Sri Lanka acted right. If the Brits dont care two hoots about their citizens killing and supporting killing of Sri Lankans for 30 years why should Sri Lanka give a damn about some Brit who was killed in SL?
      Where is Brits taking action against terrorist supporting Adel? And that old catholic preacher? Why arent they prosecuted according to anti terrorism laws? So SL need to reciprocate it.

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    The three wings of State The Executive, The Legislature and The Judiciary is corrupt to the core.These are the ingredients that go to make a Failed State!
    Lime on the Head, Lime on the Foot in the Morning session and anointing of Oil,below the belt in the evenings eh!
    I admire the courage of this young Lady Lawyer,all the more so for risking possible penalisation.
    H.V. Perera Q.C. will turn in his grave!

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    great expose by this Woman Lawyer……
    What is bad or terrible here is that, I observe at the end of the article the name of a Hong Kong bases Organisation called Asian Human Rights Commission.

    Hope this Sugandhika Fernando has not fallen into the pockets of Basil Fernando’s Asian Human Rights Commission.

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      Thondamani,alias Illgamuwa, [edited out]

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    This is a brave lady who explained the legal profession of sri lanka in her own way, the law society president ur de silva must immidiately resign now over filing vextatious case against hon ranjan ramanayake. De Silva’s profession is so corrupt, lavatory cleaners are better. that is why De Silva is trying to coverup those who expose the corruption.

    Upon this brave lady’s presentation the following also must give immidiate resignation from their posts or charged with criminal conduct:

    Sarath silva being no 1 womaniserjudge
    palitha fernando, co corrupt, from all teaching functions
    mohan periris the most utterly corrupt and inept attorney general, then cj we had, he should be defrocked from legal community
    wijedasa rajapakse who is utterly corrupt and amassed millions. sold books written by his juniors as his own
    colombo chief magiistrate bandara who was involved in a incident mentioned by this honourable lady
    animal siripala de silva, susil premajayanth, anura priyadarshana yapa, dilan perera, gommanpila, chandima weerakkody in their behavious in the recent no confidenc motion in relation to their despicable behaviour and brining legal profession into disreput
    dehideniya the judge who was involved in one serious episode enunciated by this noble lady

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    If any harm had been inflicted on this noble lady by the corrupt lawyers association, the whole country will stand

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    Who are working in these institutions ? : Schools , Hospitals , Army , police , Judiciary ,
    Banks , GA , Media , Hotels , Harbour , Airport etc; etc ! Hire a carpenter and check the
    quality of his work ! Get a house maid without boarding and check the kitchen at the
    end of the day , potatoes, sugar , onions , milk powder all disappear instalment basis !
    You want sewing machine parts ? Approach a mechanic working in a garment factory !
    You need your car repaired ? You have to sleep in the garage if you don’t want some
    parts going missing ! Please don’t be hurt to know the truth , every single Srilankan is a
    thief in some or other way . Corrupt to the core . Ready to rip off even one’s mother of
    90 yr old and will mislead even a toddler . Education minister askes parents to complain
    against teachers who force students for tuitions . The whole country has been turned
    out to be nothing but money machines . MONEY BY ANY MEANS. AND MONEY WITHOUT
    LIMIT . IT IS DANGEROUSLY AND WORRYINGLY SAD THAT NOBODY WANTS A LIFE !
    IS IT NOT PART OF THE CULTURE NOW ? WHAT IS THE WORTH OF MONEY WITHOUT A
    LIFE ? CAN THIEVES BE CALLED PROFESSIONALS ? WE MAY NOT BE FAR FROM BEING
    THE MIRACLE ON EARTH .

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    Dear Sri Lankans

    Yes in my experience too, what she is saying is absolutely true. I know a bunch of lawyers who would swear by what this brave lady saying.

    I think there are two reasons for this, the first being, the judicial system was set up by the British in those days to favour themselves as the rulers and it has not been reviewed for our common good as Srilankans since we started self rule.
    Secondly we use sentiments and emotions to decide on issues rather than rational and clinical thinking. This is a flaw in south Asian people, just as it is with Africans.
    We tend to reason from very myopic angle and this not only affects the judicial system, it also has diluted the essence of Buddhism, corrupted medical practice, politics, education , and everything else that has to do with ethics and rational reflection. This distorts our value system and as a result we can see the chaotic state in our country.

    We are so emotional in our ways that we find it difficult to adapt to very straightforward ways of doing things. For instance we like to believe that we as individuals have higher or lower rights based on our cast or creed. We never want to step back and accept that once you are a Srilankan we have equal rights and privileges as humans which is above all other petty differences.

    The sooner we keep our emotions aside and start calling a spade a spade the sooner we can steer our country to success.

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    Awa Nambu-wasam of the same cadre of judges described by this lady lawyer!

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    We have the leaders still not settled in their posts, we have the legal system that itself needs law and order, we have the police that await orders from politicians and people are fighting for their respective religions….even black magics can’t save the the wonder of Asia

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    Excellent exposure of the corrupt judicial system in Sri Lanka. I endorse everything that Suganthika has said. As a lawyer, I too have come across incidences in court, where lawyers have worked for their own benefit and not for that of the client. Courts are no longer places where litigants could expect justice to be served. Cases drag for years and years, for silly reasons. Fixing of dates in the court house is another drama one needs to watch. If the Defendant’s counsel intends to postpone the case (obviously to benefit his client), he will pretend that he has no free dates, and the next date will be perhaps 4 – 5 months later. So until the next date is suitable for both Counsels, the case will go down and down! Poor litigant seated in the court house, watches helplessly. Judges are fully aware that this system is not benefiting the litigants, but no steps are taken or recommended to stop this corrupt practice. There are good lawyers, but the vast majority are just there to make money and they would stoop to any level to do so, shamelessly and brazenly.

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      Kalu Nangi ,

      There’s no such thing as ‘there are good doctors’ in the middle of
      bad ones . All doctors must be good because all patients need full
      medical attention and so it is the same with all other professions
      and especially the judiciary . Doctors are meant to do their best to
      save lives from illnesses and the judiciary is meant to punish the
      crime and save the innocent . If these institutions are corrupt, then
      that is the end of people’s life ! They can’t be corrupt and be called
      professionals at the same time . If one court is corrupt , one or two
      good lawyers can not function in that court successfully for his
      client because the corrupt will have the power to defeat him . So ,
      the mathematics is either all good or all bad !

  • 6
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    Nagananda says Ranjan did not post full vedio of Sugandika. Why dont you upload it to youtube.

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    Good exposure. SRILANKA will never be corrected. They are kalu kakko. You have to sentenced everyone 20 years jail. A corrupted country. God bless Sri Lanka.

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    Third class law practice in Sri Lanka….
    Some African countries would have been far better ..
    Today law is like business ..anyone could come into it ..
    You know how educditon operate now in Sri Lanka..
    So many unqulifed people are in ?.

  • 5
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    I know a female who went to see a lawyer for maintenance case to be filed, found herself trapped in a lawyers den and ended up with another child. Lawyer and his scribe who help him are criminals.

  • 4
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    Corruption has gone to the roots of the society. Cannot be uprooted. This will continue for ever unless there will be an earthquake like shake up.

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    How about BASL. Is that a good lot ? Remember one PResident of BASL got a position in investment, and now he is not doing anything.

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    Time for the government to require all judges to resign and re apply for their jobs. This will enable a clean up of all the unqualified political appointments made by the Rajapafuksha clan. Namal the cheat should be sacked from the list of lawyers and jailed for cheating at the law exam. An abuse of power case must be brought against the corrupt MR and the prick jailed for life for abusing his position as President for personal gain. The top 50 lawyers in the country should be investigated by the tax authorities and I am 100% confident that all these scumbags would be guilty of tax evasion- hefty fines and jail the bastards for life. Journalists who publish lies deliberately and are in the pockets of the disgraced political stooge, pimp and fence bender GLP should be investigated and can be jailed for fake news- freedom of expression does not mean that they can write up lies and distort the truth- these journalists are accountable and bring the bastards to book. Our problem is that we have a PM whose balls have shrunk and no testosterone left to do what he was elected to do. Why the f…k cant SF be appointed law and order minister with a mandate to get rid of the vermin judges, crooked lawyers, unethical journalists and the drug mafia and political crooks like Buruwansa, Gonapilla, Keheliya, Hora Johnston, Sajin VasG, Anura Senanayake, sex pervert Aluthgamage, Basil Gota and Namal and the rest of the ilk who form the hard core of the greatest rogues that have entered into politics and are all grouped under the JO. where all the birds of the same feather flock together. Just catch one of these bastards and the rest will squeal like pigs for what they are.

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    Bar Association is also another place like a Bar

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    She should be appointed as Secretary of Justice Ministry immediately. Will the President do it?

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