IIGEP tried to create hostile opinion on Lanka - S.L. Gunasekera
Senior Counsel S.L. Gunasekera yesterday strongly condemned the
International Independent Group of Eminent persons (IIGEP) and
statements made by them against the Government.
Gunasekera said they severely damaged the Government and the Security
They were obviously timed to coincide with meetings of the UN Human
Rights Commission in Geneva and clearly designed to create an
international climate of opinion hostile to the Sri Lanka, he charged.
Senior Counsel Gunasekera said that the IIGEP has repeatedly asserted
in their latest public statement and their Media conference that "The
Government should respect the internationally agreed doctrine of Command
The question of the Government implementing this doctrine could only
arise if the Commission finds any members of the Security Forces guilty
of any crime.
"The Commission has not arrived at any such finding and the inquiries
are still incomplete," he stressed.
Gunasekera said the role of IIGEP Chairman P.N. Bhagawati as a Chief
Justice was not acceptable. Bhagawati has not made any demand that
officers of the IPKF should be punished for all or any of the
unspeakable crimes against the humanity committed by them against the
Gunasekera stressed that it is so obvious the IIGEP has been trying
to initiate a atmosphere locally and internationally to discredit
national institutions especially the Attorney General, by projecting Sri
Lanka as a State without law and order.
Gunasekera is the Senior Counsel who appeared for the STF before the
special commission appointed to investigate the killings in Trincomalee