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AG summoned to Commission on March 11

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry to inquire into and obtain information in relation to alleged political victimization has summoned the Attorney General before the Commission on March 11 at 10.00 am to show cause as to why he had not acted in accordance with paragraph 10 of the Commission of Inquiry Act and issued a warrant against its Secretary.

This was in response to an order issued yesterday by the Colombo High Court special trial-at-bar ordering the Secretary to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate incidents of political victimization, Pearl Weerasinghe be arrested and produced in court.

The order was issued after Weerasinghe failed to appear before court yesterday, despite being issued summons.

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry to inquire into and obtain information in relation to alleged political victimization issued an order yesterday stating that based on the document of authorization under which the commission was established, the information gathered either through complaints or investigations or both should be handed over only to the President.

The Commission pointed out that no person or institution has the legal right to request for any report or part of a report compiled by the commission until it is handed over to the President and tabled in Parliament. Until then it remains a confidential document.

Therefore, no one has the legal right to issue warrants to any of the Commission members demanding for any report, video, or any recordings made by the Commission. Hence, the court order issued by the Colombo High Court is considered by the Commission to be an action which is beyond the powers of the courts.

Therefore, the Commission stated that the order issued yesterday by the Colombo High Court special trial-at-bar under case number TAB/504/2019 is a deliberate attempt by the Attorney General to cross the line at a point when the Commission had ordered the AG against proceeding with this case until the investigations are completed.

The Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate incidents of political victimization therefore noted that they would safeguard the need to carry on their investigations without any hindrance, adding that the AG being fully aware of this situation had deliberately resorted to demeaning the Commission members by issuing such orders.


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