President Maithripala Sirisena today hit out at the Constitutional Council again saying it has rejected the appointments of 12 judges in the recent past.
“There is a serious issue in the judiciary as the judges are dissatisfied with the decisions of the Constitutional Council. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, in a four-page letter sent to me, explained that the Constitutional Council does not recommend appointments of judges based on seniority. He has said ability and skills will be taken into consideration when recommending appointments. But, it is unclear as to how they arrive at conclusions on the ability and skills of judges. No one is aware of their criteria,” the President added.
“I also heard that the certain verdict they had delivered in the past had become a disqualification for some judges. This is not acceptable. Some judges, who worked hard for years, have become frustrated with the current system” Sirisena said.
The President also criticized the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) for questioning the STF Chief on deploying his officers to the Boossa prison where “notorious criminals” are held. He said the notorious criminals were sent off to the Boossa prison as the Welikada prison became “ungovernable”.
The President also asked the Human Rights activists to stay out of his way as he is ready to impose the death penalty on ‘drug offenders’, regardless of the opposition to his move.
“I am determined to proceed with my decision and drug offenders will be given the death penalty in a month or two. I request human rights activists to refrain from appearing on behalf of the interests of drug offenders who are a menace to our society,” the President said in his speech in Parliament.