The Bar Association of Sri Lanka has today urged President Maithripala Sirisena to review the new situation and rescind the recent extension under and in terms of S: 21 of the Public Security Ordinance that transferred Police powers to the armed forces and or refrain from extending this Order when its validity period expires in three weeks time.
We publish below the statement in full;
The BASL notes that, His Excellency, President Maithripala Sirisena has, on 02nd February 2015, extended for one month the operation of the previous Order made under S:12 of the Public Security Ordinance, by His Excellency, the previous President Mahinda Rajapaksa which called out the Armed Forces on the purported basis that, circumstances endangering Public Security have arisen or will imminently arise in specified areas and that, the Police are inadequate to deal with such situation.
The BASL has previously voiced its firm view that, there was no factual or lawful justification for the previous Order and that, the Order should be rescinded.
The BASL urges His Excellency, President Maitripala Sirisena to review the situation and rescind the recent extension under and in terms of S: 21 of the Public Security Ordinance and or refrain from extending this Order when its validity period expires in three weeks time.