President reiterates no foreign judges in domestic process

However he says his Government has taken steps to ensure the local judiciary is allowed to operate freely without any political pressure.He also said that he has instructed the police to investigate some incidents where judges have been intimidated by groups not linked to the Government. (Colombo Gazette)Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/LAW-Confernce-Wadduwa-HE-speech-FM.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The President had made a similar comment a few weeks ago to the international media and that created a storm with human rights groups insisting that he reconsider his stand.The President said that there were times the local judiciary faced various allegations and times where local judges were removed from office in an unfair manner. President Maithripala Sirisena has reiterated that he will not agree to have foreign judges in the local judicial process after investigating incidents related to the war.Speaking at the Law Conference in Wadduwa, the President said that he has faith in the local judiciary and he feels all that needs to be done is to strengthen the judiciary and ensure it is independent. International human rights groups have been calling on Sri Lanka to invite foreign judges to ensure the domestic process to investigate human rights abuses related to the war are credible. “If there is a need to conduct a judicial process after investigating human rights abuses, I will not agree to invite foreign judges to come to Sri Lanka and be involved in that process,” he said.

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