Ranil sacked to dis­man­tle spe­cial courts

Pre­ma­jayan­tha’s state­ment shows

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY YOHAN PER­ERA

The real ob­jec­tive of re­mov­ing UNP Leader Ranil Wick­remesinghe from the post of Premier is ob­vi­ous when go­ing by the re­marks made by newly-ap­pointed Jus­tice Min­is­ter Susil Pre­ma­jayan­tha, UNP MP Ajith P. Per­era said yes­ter­day.

He told a me­dia brief­ing that the state­ment made by the new jus­tice min­is­ter that his first act would be to abol­ish the Spe­cial Courts es­tab­lished un­der the Ju­di­ca­ture (Amend­ment) Act and is clearly why Mr. Wick­remesinghe was sacked from his post.

“Cases con­nected to some 120 files that were in­ves­ti­gated were to be taken up by the newly es­tab­lished courts and Mr. Pre­ma­jayan­tha’s state­ment re­veals the ob­jec­tive of form­ing a new gov­ern­ment and avoid th­ese cases from be­ing heard,” Mr. Per­era said.

He said the state­ment made by MP Dayasiri Jayasekera that one or two MPS might be killed on No­vem­ber 14 could mean that the SLFP and SLPP was try­ing to se­cure a ma­jor­ity in the House by killing MPS.

UNP MP Har­sha De Silva said the newly ap­pointed gov­ern­ment had failed to ar­rest the eco­nomic is­sues in­clud­ing the de­val­u­a­tion of the ru­pee.

“The value of the ru­pee against the dol­lar was Rs.172 on Oc­to­ber 26 but it has dropped to Rs.175.13 as of yes­ter­day,” he said.

Dr. De Silva said it was amus­ing to hear the new In­ter­na­tional Trade Min­is­ter say­ing that new gov­ern­ment will re­con­sider its ear­lier de­ci­sion to abol­ish the free trade agree­ment signed with Sin­ga­pore af­ter re­peat­edly pledg­ing to abol­ish it no sooner they came to power.

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