Solidarity demo by BASL
President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka W. Dayaratne yesterday
on behalf of the BASL unreservedly and vehemently condemned the
assassination of Attorney-at-Law cum Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha
Wickremetunga and called upon the authorities to bring the perpetrators
before justice without delay.
He made this condemnation at a demonstration attended by
Attorney-at-Law against the assassination of Wickremetunga organised by
the BASL and held in front of the BASL at Hulftsdorp.
The President of the BASL stated that their demonstration was nothing
to do with politics and their move was not to support any political
party nor for the benefit for any political group but to stand against
violence to one of their members cum journalist who stood by the truth.
Dayaratne in his speech said that the right to life and right to
expression is guaranteed by our Constitution and all those rights should
The BASL had stood bravely at certain previous such occasions as at
the assassination of High Court Judge Sarath Ambepitiya, Kanchana
Abeypala, Sepala Ekanayake, Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Ravi Raj etc.
At the murder of the Attorney-at-Law Wijedasa Liyanarachchi the BASL
members bravely went near the Court premises with coffins and burned
them in protest. We also protested when the houses of the judges were
stoned at the recent attack on the house of Attorney-at-Law J.C.
Weliamuna and the attack on Wickremetunga's house ten years ago.
Former Attorney General Shibly Aziz PC at the protest stated that
Lasantha Wickremetunga was a forthright writer.
He was very critical and did not respect any Government, any
This infuriated his enemies and he was gunned down by unknown
persons. "We have to come forward to stop this cycle of violence."
Attorney-at-Law Chrishmal Warnasuriya stated as the members of the BASL
they would stand up on any occasion when the fundamental rights of any
civilian guaranteed through the constitution were violated.