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Landmark Order of the SC has proved Lankan judiciary could hear war crimes: Bimal Ratnayake

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JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Ratnayake has observed that the recent landmark judgement of the Supreme Court against the dissolution of Parliament by President Sirisena has displayed the independence of the judiciary in the island and has thereby proved beyond doubt that the Sri Lankan judiciary could hear the war crimes and that there is no necessity for establishing an International Court to look into alleged war crimes committed by the Armed Forces during the war time in Sri Lanka.

He was addressing the House on Friday. During his speech, Bimal said:

“ By staying firm against a decision by the Executive Presidency in the country, the Supreme Court has proven that it is perfectly capable of probing into the alleged war crimes and do justice for people.

By the recent ruling given by the Supreme Court, we have got out of an international trap. The SC has proven that it has the capacity, independence and moral right to probe these alleged war crimes without the intervention of an International Court.

Speaker must see that the Supreme Court decision against the dissolution of Parliament are made available in Sinhala and Tamil languages. People are now interested in knowing about the Constitution. They would wish to read the SC ruling as well. The decision is only available in English.

Economic experts should accurately calculate the losses incurred by the country due to the recent political coup. Just like Mahinda Rajapaksa is trying to justify whatever he does with the victory in the war, now the UNP is trying to justify everything using the political coup. We should not allow that.

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna refrained from supporting in favour of the Vote on Account presented by the government, as it had taken the form of a mini-budget that contains financial allocations for all projects supported by the UNP. If the Vote on Account only includes salary payments and other such necessities, we would have supported it, but it is not the case anymore. The JVP does not approve of the restarting of the same old projects initiated by the UNP. We have never voted in favour of any of the Budgets presented by the UNP, but Mahinda Rajapaksa did so.

Vote on Account is a result of the recent political coup initiated by President Maithripala Sirisena, together with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The country had to undergo an economic crisis due to this move.

Rapaksa and his supporters and some media stations who were supportive of Rajapaksa were spreading false theories on the suspension of Standing Orders. When they were unable to get their personal political aspirations, they make up false views on suspending the Standing Orders. Even today, we have suspended the Standing Orders. Mahinda Rajapaksa and his henchmen were here. Did they question about suspending the SO?

Both the UNP and the UPFA governments should be responsible for the poor living conditions of the people. The level of indebtedness among the people have increased. “In Urban areas, indebtedness is around 41.7%, in the rural areas it is 61% and among theplantation community it is 73%. All former governments should be responsible for this predicament.” 

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