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Independent lawyers scoff at 'NGO Collective'

Independent Lawyers yesterday called all junior lawyers not to damage their professional careers by joining few lawyers who have identified themselves as 'Lawyers' Collective'.

They added that these lawyers who launched a vicious campaign against the country are funded by Non Governmental Organizations and they are being manipulated by certain elements with the backing of bankrupt political parties with the intention of destabilizing the country.

These Independent Lawyers said that a peaceful environment is prevailing in the courts with the appointment of former Attorney General Mohan Peiris PC as the Chief Justice. They welcomed the appointment of new Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, PC who played a pivotal role for the country in the international platform.

Speaking at a special press conference at the BMICH yesterday, they said that those who asked lawyers not to appear in courts in protest of the impeachment motion that was being debated in Parliament, sent their juniors to courts.

"The people have realized the massive campaign against the country and it has taken a different shape in the form of Lawyers' Collective", they said.

Independent Lawyers while scoffing at the idea that there was a conflict between the Legislature and the Judiciary stressed that the UPFA government was further strengthened by the impeachment process.

They said that people of all walks of life stood by the government at this juncture to defeat insidious forces who used Chief Justice Dr. Bandaranayaka as a cat's paw to destabilize the country.

Attorney-at-Law Saman Galappaththi of Public Campaign for Justice said that the impeachment motion was part of a conspiracy launched by certain countries with vested interests.

He said that some countries wanted to bring developing countries under their control by aiding and abetting these types of conspiracies to destabilize the country.

Galappaththi said that a group of people who do not want to see peace in the country have connived with the bankrupt political parties against the country.

These individuals are nurtured by Non Governmental Organizations, he said.

Galapaththi said that these forces used Sarath Fonseka as a cat's paw to destabilize the country and former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayaka was also used for this sinister move.

He added that the people should be aware of these forces who have not given up their vicious campaign against the country.

Attorney- at-Law Premaratne Silva of Sri Lanka Independent Young Lawyers' Association said that foreign countries have no right to interfere with the country's judicial process.

He said that Sri Lanka is a sovereign country and no country has a right to interfere in the country's judicial process.

"We removed all shackles through 1972 Republican Constitution.

Attorney-at-Law Bandula Ellawala said that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna still living in an era in which Athenians practised democracy in the fifth and sixth centuries. This system is obsolete now, he said.

Ellawala said that 20 million people cannot gather in a place to hear the case.

The impeachment motion was inquired by the Legislature which comprises the representatives of the people. "These people's representatives have been empowered to investigate the impeachment charges against the Chief Justice under the constitution", he added.

He said that new Chief Justice Mohan Peiris has a pivotal role for the country in the international arena.

He also commended the services of former Chief justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayaka for the judiciary. Attorney-at-Law B. Manawadu and lawyers representing a number of independent associations expressed their views.

 

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