Those who violate SC rules are traitors - PM
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka told Parliament yesterday the
lawyers who appeared for the Sunday Leader newspaper, which has made a
treacherous comparison between true patriot Defence Secretary Gotabhaya
Rajapaksa and murderous Prabhakaran are real traitors.
The Premier said: Persons who violate the country’s Constitution and
the Supreme Court rules are traitors to the national cause irrespective
of the profession they hold. Therefore any lawyer, doctor or an ordinary
citizen could be described as a traitor if he or she violates the
The Prime Minister was making a reply speech to a statement made by
the Chief Opposition Whip Joseph Michael Perera who said the Defence
Ministry website in a news item carried had called the lawyers traitors
and that was unfair.
After a district court issued an injunction order on Sunday Leader
newspaper, the newspaper had promised to refrain from violating the
rights of the Defence Secretary publishing malicious reports. But the
newspaper had continued to do so.
Despite the court order, the Sunday Leader had made a treacherous
comparison between ruthless terrorist leader Prabhakaran and patriot
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
The entire Sri Lankan community and the world recognises the Defence
Secretary as a true patriot who was born on Sri Lankan soil after three
decades. If the Sunday Leader has done something treacherous, the
lawyers who attempt to defend or appear for them are also traitors, he
The official website of the Defence Ministry www.defence.lk had
rightly called the laywers, who appeared for the Sunday Leader as
“However, the public and the lawyer community should accept the fact
that there should be a sovereign country for the rule of the law and
practice of the law,” the Premier said.