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Govt Plans Sham Ceremonial Welcome For Mohan Pieris On Wednesday

By Colombo Telegraph

The Government is hurriedly organizing a sham Ceremonial Sitting in the Supreme Court on Wednesday (23.01.2013), in a desperate bid to give the appointment of Mohan Pieris to function in the office of Chief Justice against court rulings and intense condemnation locally and internationally, the appearance of legitimacy and acceptance, the Colombo Telegraph can reveal today.

Mohan Pieris

The Bar Association (BASL) has rejected steps to replace Dr. Bandaranayake as Chief Justice without due process and in contravention of the determination of the Supreme Court and a ruling of the Court of Appeal. At an Extraordinary General Meeting called for and attended by thousands of lawyers from across the country, the BASL national membership resolved not to endorse the appointment of an illegal or irregular replacement by attending or participating in any Ceremonial Sitting for any new ‘appointee’.

After the controversial and widely condemned removal of Dr. Bandaranayake without due legal process, Colombo Telegraph learnt that several respected judges and senior lawyers when approached had refused to accept the top judicial spot in keeping with their conscience. Eventually, Pieris, who has many serious allegations of corruption/conflict of interest connected to his tenure as Attorney General pending against him, was handpicked for the job. He was installed in office, on a day when Hulftsdorp was filled with security and police personnel.

A Ceremonial Sitting involves two traditional addresses – one by the President of the BASL (the head of the unofficial bar) and another by the Attorney General (head of the official bar) welcoming the new appointee to office. The President of the BASL and its members cannot participate in any ceremony to welcome Pieris in keeping with the resolution of the BASL general body. All Attorneys at Law are members of the BASL, including the officers of the Attorney General’s Department. However, Colombo Telegraph learns that tremendous pressure has applied on the Attorney General and it’s officers to participate in the Wednesday ceremony. Therefore, according to several leading lawyers contacted by Colombo Telegraph, the attendance/non-attendance of the Attorney General and his officers on Wednesday, would indicate the degree of independence allowed to that institution.

In order to substitute the traditional welcome address by the head of the unofficial bar (President, BASL), the Colombo Telegraph reliably learns that the government is engaged in a desperate attempt to induce and even pressurize several senior President’s Counsel to make a substitute address to give an air of normalcy to a sham function boycotted by the Bar at large in keeping with the resolution by lawyers countrywide who voted that such a sham must be boycotted altogether.

The Colombo Telegraph is informed that those belonging to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Lawyers Association and those lawyers who have been granted favours and appointments by the ruling regime have been instructed that attendance is mandatory and will determine their future prospects. In this way, several recently appointed President’s Counsel who are in search of big cases from state institutions have also been informed that they should return the favour of their appointment by attendance.

The Colombo Telegraph also reliably learns that the government is considering various unorthodox ways to increase the appearance of legitimacy to the ceremony, including getting non-lawyers to attend dressed in lawyer’s attire to swell the numbers and give the appearance of greater numbers.

Several very senior lawyers commented that it remains to be seen how many judges have the luxury of the independence to refrain from attending this illegitimate exercise, which would be a clear indicator of the measure of judicial independence that prevails despite the pressures posed by non-independence of the judiciary where appointments, transfers, disciplinary control and promotions are concerned, after the controversial 18th Amendment which removed all Constitutional mechanisms intended to allow for independence and non-politicization of key judicial and public positions.

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    The spineless fellows at the Attorney General’s Department will be there. All big talk but ‘A’ grade ponnayas.

    Just give them a cutlet and sandwich that’s all. More than enough to ensure their presence.

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      What about a pigshit cutlet and rotten egg sandwich supplied by GOATA??

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      How about the fake lawyer who scored 98 marks for the first time in the history of Law College, to the Law of Contract paper.

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      To over come the situation Best thing would be to dress those “MAlU PAN Balakaya” in Black, lead by Kahandagama and bring them to the venue.

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    WAIT FOR MARCH WHEN THESE ASSHOLES WILL ALL GET CORNERED IN GENEVA BY THE UN.

    RECALLING ALL THE LOANS BY THE IMF, WB.

    ALL SCHOLARSHIPS, TRAINING AND STUDIES IN THE WEST CANCELLED.

    TRADE, ECONOMIC AND MANY OTHER SANCTIONS IMPOSED BY THE WEST.

    THE THUGS AND DEVIL DANCERS FROM RUHUNU WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO RETURN TO THEIR MUD HUTS AND GET READY TO DANCE TO THE TUNE OF THOIL BERE.

    MARK MY WORD.

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    The new name for this state –

    Alternative Criminal State (ACS) of Sri Lanka

    None better than Peiris for ACS of SL

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    Some of the Govt Ministers like Mervin,Rohitha(rattaran), Wimal,Mahindananda, Pabha,Basil, Jonston, Earl, Sarana, Nilwala, etc are planing to come for the ceremony wearing black coats pretending as Lawyers.

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      Who will deliver the key note address and will they serve kiribath in the Court room. What will be role of Chamal and Gota? Good opportunity for Commonwealth and Navipillai can listen to new english and new legal terms from these clowns.

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      Yes Get down Mervin’s Kelani Thugs giving them a Ganja Suruttu and a bottle of Police Ceased Fresh Kasippu Bottle….and dressed them with Halloween Bat man Costume…….doing Gangnam style welcome dance.

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    Ranil W, too will be at the ceremony wearing a black coat.

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    And so the Charade continues, God alone knows where it will lead us to and where it will end.

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    He doesnt need any welcome as he invited himself at the request of the president. Even the mahanayake of the malwatte chapter refused to give him an audience.

    He is not suitable and was elected against the order of the Court of Appeal. He should be treated like an intruder which he is. Even today a lawyer had asked the court as to whether they was a CJ.

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    Female lawyer supporting ex-CJ attacked
    [ Tuesday, 22 January 2013, 02:30.31 AM GMT +05:30 ]
    A female lawyer who has supported the impeached chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake has been strangled by a stranger on the road, Lawyers Collective member Sunil Watagala said.
    She had gone to Kirulapone police station to lodge a complaint regarding an assault of a person and his mobile phone being dashed to the ground, at court premises.

    On her way back, a motorcyclist had stopped her vehicle and told her to down the shutters and strangled her.

    She had honked her horn and people had assembled, when the assailant had fled.

    Mr. Watagala declined to reveal the name of the female lawyer, as she is in a state of shock and fright.

    If this news item is true, I think the ceremonial sitting will be a disgrace even to the new CJ.

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      As a clever lawyer I ask one question. How can this woman honk her horn when she was strangled? Case lost.

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    You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

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      @Lalindra

      Sadly in Sri RajaPakistan (formerly known as Ceylon & Sri Lanka)it’s a bit different and has been so for the past 65 years. In this country, “You can fool most of the people most of the time.” The few of us who cannot be fooled are just voices in the wilderness.

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    You can fool Sri Lankans all the time

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    Cheap Justice Mohan P,some call thief Justice, RESPECTABILITY IS LIKE VIRGINITY ONCE GONE ITS GONE.As you know when a woman is found not to be a virgin she is a leper.No one respects you after your role as AG when you stopped the Chandana Kathiriaratchi murder case and played ball to oust the CJ
    So Mahinda can give you all the regalia but you look like the muppet in Parliament the security officer.You are not a dumbo like those like Gonwansa so you must know that the majority of the judges have no respect or trust in you

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