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Twelve FR petitions filed over Easter Sunday attacks re-fixed for argument

Twelve Fundamental Rights petition filed over Easter Sunday attacks were today re-fixed for argument by Supreme Court.
 
The Supreme Court three-judge-bench headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya re-fixed the petitions for argument on June 7, 8 and 9. 

Twelve Fundamental Rights petitions filed over Easter Sunday terror attacks were yesterday re-fixed for argument by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court three-judge-Bench headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya re-fixed the petitions for argument on June 7, 8 and 9.

Additional Solicitor General Priyantha Nawana appearing for the Attorney General sought further time to decide whether they will continue to appear on behalf of several respondents who were implicated through the report of the Presidential Commission appointed to probe Easter Sunday attacks.

These petitions are to be heard before a Supreme Court seven-judge-Bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare, Justice Sisira de Abrew, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena, Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya, Justice Murdu Fernando and Justice Preethi Padman Surasena on the next hearing date.

On a previous occasion, the Attorney General had informed the Supreme Court that he would no longer represent two respondents former President Maithripala Sirisena and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe since they do not hold such positions.

On October 2, 2019, the Supreme Court decided to grant leave to proceed in terms of Article 12(1) of the Constitution in respect of former President Maithripala Sirisena and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando.

Through these petitions, petitioners including the Sri Lanka Bar Association are pleading an order to prosecute those who were directly or indirectly responsible for terrorist attacks.

The Chief Justice had nominated a fuller Bench comprising seven judges of the Supreme Court to hear several Fundamental Rights petitions filed over the Easter Sunday attacks.

Through these petitions, petitioners are pleading an order to prosecute those who are directly or indirectly responsible for terrorist attacks.

They are also claiming compensation for the victims of the terrorist attacks.

President’s Counsel Faiz Mustapha, Manohara de Silva PC, Saliya Peiris PC, Sanjeewa Jayawardena PC, Senior Counsel Gamini Perera, Darshana Weraduwage and Chrishmal Warnasuriya appeared for the petitioners.

Additional Solicitor General Priyantha Nawana appeared for the Attorney General.

Senior Counsel Viran Corea appeared for the former IGP. President’s Counsel Anuja Premaratne appeared for former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando.