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‘Ranjan’s calls need controlling if they influence past judgements’

Circulation of the leaked call recordings of MP Ranjan Ramanayake would have to be controlled with immediate effect if they make any impact on the case judgements already made, Saliya Pieris, PC, said on Wednesday.

He said there are accepted procedures to rectify the mistakes or faults made by the judges in proclaiming the judgements within the judicial system. Therefore, answers need not be found for such issues apart from these procedures.

The President’s Counsel made these remarks participating in the workshop ‘Phone Recordings: Legal and Ethical Implications’ organised by the Center for Journalism and Education at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.

He said the entire mechanism to mete out justice should not be criticised or attacked based on a few past conversations which had become controversial recently. All the conversations would have been listened to before drawing a final conclusion, he pointed out.

According to him, such a conclusion cannot be reached based on the social media contents as well, since they are always biased.

However, Pieris accepted that a judge has no ethical right to have personal conversations with regard to an ongoing case or its verdict.

Prof. Rohan Samarajiva said the Sri Lanka Telecommunications Act (No 25 of 1991) prohibits a third party owning or unlawfully possessing the content of a conversation between two parties.

However, he said there are no legal provisions prohibiting the individuals recording the conversations they have with a second party.

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