Lawyers for Democracy (LFD) has condemned the attempts made by an unidentified group today to intimidate the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), Upul Jayasuriya while pointing out the incident is a serious indication of the prevalent crisis in the law and order situation in Sri Lanka.
Jayasuriya had been followed by an unidentified group on a motorbike and a three-wheeler for several hours this afternoon. He had lodged a formal complaint regarding the incident at the Cinnamon gardens Police station at about 5 pm today.
The group of legal practitioners – LFD, issuing a statement this evening has pointed out that intimidations and surveillances of this nature have turned commonplace incidents for representatives of civil society organisations and Human Rights Defenders critical of the government.
They have gone on to point out that the government has also not shown any interest to investigate and prosecute offenders responsible for unsolved crimes over the years, against individuals who have voiced dissenting views against the Rajapaksa regime.
Senior lawyers Lal Wijenayake and J C Weliamuna, issuing the statement on behalf of LFD have called upon the government of Sri Lanka to conduct an impartial investigation into the incident and ensure the protection of the BASL President.