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Mannar Court Attack: Lawyers Are Deeply Concerned Over The Unexplainable Delay In The Legal Proceedings

By Colombo Telegraph

“We, the Members of the Kegalle Lawyers’ Association revive our call upon all the Members of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and all its Member Associations to condemn this dastardly act and to unite as professionals to preserve the right of every citizen to a just and a fair judicial system and all the integral values of a functioning democracy.” says the Kegalle Lawyers’ Association.

We below reproduce its statement in full;

10 August 2012.                               MEDIA RELEASE

The Kegalle Lawyers’ Association condemns the Mannar incident and urges to protect the independence of the Judiciary

The members of the Kegalle Lawyers’ Association are deeply concerned  over the unexplainable delay in the legal proceedings and the lackadaisical attitude of the Authorities re the recent disturbing events that took place in Mannar and particularly the continuing unjustifiable attacks on the Hon. Magistrate of Mannar,   on the Judicial Officers, and the Attorneys- at –Law and the Legal System as a whole, by certain Media and Politicians.

It is in this backdrop, the Members of the Kegalle Lawyers’ Association passed a Resolution at the Emergency Meeting held on 10th August 2012 at the Kegalle Law Library, unanimously and unreservedly condemning this pathetic attitude calling for swift , firm and unbiased action re the criminals who took the law unto their own hands.

They further resolved to call upon the Hon. Attorney General and the Inspector General of Police (I.G.P) once again to expeditiously hold an independent, impartial and comprehensive investigation into this matter; and to arrest and accordingly charge all the culprits involved in this cowardly acts, irrespective of their position or status, whatsoever.

They also called upon the authorities to charge all the culprits concerned for contempt of court.

The Members of the Kegalle Lawyers’ Association also calls upon His Excellency the President yet again to strip the Minister concerned of his portfolio, immediately.

The Kegalle Lawyers’ Association re-affirmed their unanimous solidarity with the Hon. Judge Mr. A. Judeson, as well as all the members of the Judiciary of the Island and assure of their cooperation and contribution towards any action; to uphold the integrity, independence and impartiality of the judiciary; and to ensure a non-recurrence of this nature.

The Members of the Kegalle Lawyers’ Association also revived their call upon all the Members of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and all its Member Associations to condemn this dastardly act and to unite as professionals to preserve the right of every citizen to a just and a fair judicial system and all the integral values of a functioning democracy.

Secretary – Priyantha Gamage

 

THE RESOLUTION:

The Members of the Kegalle Lawyers’ Association unanimously passed the following Resolution at the Emergency Meeting held on 10th August 2012 at the Kegalle Law Library:

We, the Members of the Kegalle Lawyers’ Association express our deepest concern, dismay and dissatisfaction over the unexplainable delay in the legal proceedings and the lackadaisical attitude of the Authorities re the recent disturbing events that took place in Mannar.

We also unanimously condemn the continuing unjustifiable attacks on the Hon. Magistrate of Mannar, on the Judicial Officers, and the Attorneys- at –Law and the Legal System as a whole, by certain Media and Politicians.

It is in this backdrop that, we  resolve to call upon the Bar Association of Sri Lanka to

 Institute legal proceedings in the High Court in terms of Article 116(1) and (2)   of the      Constitution against those who have attempted to interfere with the administration of      justice by attacking the Magistrate Court of Manar and the Judges of the Magistrates   Court of Mannar on the 18th July 2012;

take action to prevent the media from insulting judicial officers in any manner  and if any person or any institution has any complaint to be made against any  judicial officer or the Magistrate of Manner, such reference to be   made to the Judicial Services Commission and the Hon. Supreme Court.

We also call upon the Hon. Attorney General and the Inspector General of Police (I.G.P) once again to expeditiously hold an independent, impartial and comprehensive investigation into this matter; to record and receive all the evidence of all direct as well as circumstantial evidence pertaining to this deplorable act; and to arrest and accordingly charge all the culprits involved in this cowardly acts, irrespective of their position or status, whatsoever.

We also call upon the authorities to charge all the culprits concerned for contempt of court.

We, the Members of the Kegalle Lawyers’ Association also call upon His Excellency the President yet again to strip the Minister concerned of his portfolio, immediately, particularly in the light of the fact that, the Hon. Attorney-General has admitted that there is incriminating evidence to charge him for contempt of Court.

We re-affirm our unanimous solidarity with the Hon. Judge Mr. A. Judeson,  as well as all the members of the Judiciary of the Island and assure of our cooperation and contribution towards any action as members of the Legal Profession to condemn this ugly incident; to bring the culprits to justice; to uphold the integrity, independence and impartiality of the judiciary; and to ensure a non-recurrence of this nature.

We, the Members of the Kegalle Lawyers’ Association revive our call upon all the Members of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and all its Member Associations to condemn this dastardly act and to unite as professionals to preserve the right of every citizen to a just and a fair judicial system and all the integral values of a functioning democracy.

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    When the law of the jungle prevails with this unscruplous mafia regime, even the lawmakers and the judiciary are not heeded, so how can the poor people expect justice and fairplay, this country is once again open to the criticism of the international community, and the rulers are wondering why there are no investors coming to this island in the sun.

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      Helena Waidiyasekerta:
      You are absolutely correct.
      However, there is another factor that many do not realise and that is that the pandangkarayas keep feeding their masters piles of lies that keep their “leaders” in the dark. In this way the damage gets worse and till completely collapse comes our “masters” do not really know what’s going on. However,that does NOT prevent them from robbing all of us blind!

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    Trust me the Brothers will certainly teach a lesson to the Kegalle Bar Council that they will not forget!!

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      SO THEY TOLD U THIS, EH?
      WHEN? LAST NIGH WHEN U WERE CUDDLING AND BUNDLED AND ALL , EH?
      SWEET DREAMS PIECE-GET A LIFE, EH.

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    It is the same bunch of lawyers who stands on behalf of culprits and bails them off and it is the bunch of lawyers who are paid to comb for loopholes in our law books and release murderers.

    quote:

    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me
    (Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

    unquote:

    Will the public dare to stand along with these rascals??? ;)

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      AND IT IS THIS SAME BUNCH,
      WHO FIGHTS FOR YOU DAY IN AND DAY OUT
      IN YOUR DAILY LIFE:
      BE IT,
      FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS,
      PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION,
      MAINTENANCE,
      LAND,
      DIVORCE,
      ACCIDENT,
      ADOPTION,
      MONEY,

      ALSO,
      IT IS THE SAME LOT WHO APPEARS FOR THE PROSECUTIONS AND PLAINTIFFS TOO.

      PLUS,
      IT IS THE SAME ONES WHOSE ADVISE YOU SEEK WHENEVER YOU ARE IN TOO DEEP.

      AND BRO,
      IT WILL BE THEM WHO WILL SAVE YOUR SORRY A-SE WHEN YOU WILL BE SUED FOR YOUR CONTEMPTOUS, MALICIOUS AND UNWARRANTED REMARKS TOO.

      AND IT WILL BE THE SAME SET WHO WILL PREPARE A PLEA FOR YOUR RELEASE WHEN THE WHITE VAN APPEARES.

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    Are there Lawyers only in the Kegalle Bar? What about the rest? It is a damn shame for all Lawyers practising to tolarate this nonsense.

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      NOW THAT IS SURE IS A MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION…

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    Stupid selfish lawyers standing up for their kin, what about laws delays & winding up court procedures by 1 o clock in the afternoon.

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      Oh so wise and smart MR JIM HARDY,
      COURT PROCEDURE CANNOT BE WOUND UP AT A SPECIFIC TIME.
      It is the court PROCEEDINGS, your wise mind must be thinking about.
      (I guess your stupid pen is making all these mishaps,eh?)

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