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Recommendations of PCoI on political victimization is usurpation of Judiciary…Kiriella

Lakshman Kiriella press conference

Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella has observed that the Samagi Jana Balawegaya that had criticized that the recommendations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the incidents of political victimization was a complete usurpation of the judiciary.

He was addressing the media at Opposition Leader’s Office on Thursday, March 4. Kiriella said:

“The recommendations made by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the incidents of political victimization are in Contempt of Court. PCoI has recommended to change the verdict of the Supreme Court. PCoI is not a court body and it is not empowered to rule cases. It was only set up to seek information. PCoI only has the authority to look into the incidents and report to the Attorney General for further legal actions.

The Attorney General is responsible for deciding whether further legal action could be taken based on the information. According to the Cabinet paper received, it appears that the Commission has taken over the judiciary instead of seeking information and it is illegal and an insult to the judiciary. PCoI has issued recommendations on the judgements of the Supreme Court, the High Court and the Magistrate’s Court and on cases pending before them. They had even recommended some changes to the murder cases filed by the Supreme Court.

It is very clear that it is complete usurpation of the judiciary. Only a court can change a court verdict. A Commission does not have the power to do so.”

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