Addressing a group of journalists on Friday at the President’s House President Maithripala Sirisena unabashedly declared that he had instructed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to make sure that the Attorney General does not prosecute certain individuals unless there’s absolute certainly that a conviction can be obtained.
The President was referring to cases involving individuals which could cause embarrassment for the Government in the event that convictions are not obtained.
The special treatment sought for particular cases and moreover the fact that they are clearly political in character violate the principle of equality before the law. In addition they go agains the grain of ‘good governance’ and the pledges made by the President and Prime Minister to leave political interference out of the judicial process.
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