|Government expresses regret over the criticism on Tissainayagam verdict|
|Tuesday, 01 September 2009|
Some sections of the international community have regrettably thought it fit to criticize the verdict given on 31st August 2009 by the High Court on the case of J.S. Tissainayagam, bringing into question the judicial process and integrity of judicial officers in Sri Lanka.
It may be noted that the said verdict was arrived at after following a due process according to the domestic laws of Sri Lanka, and therefore does not amount in anyway to a negation of media freedom in the country. These utterances could be construed to be bringing disrepute and undermining the independence of the judiciary of Sri Lanka, and causing disrespect to the laws applicable in the country.
Questioning or criticizing the this judicial action is misplaced, especially since Mr. Tissainayagam has yet the right to appeal in accordance with Sri Lanka’s judicial process in respect of the appellate courts. The issue of pardon at the Executive level does not arise at this juncture, since such an option could only come into consideration following all judicial procedures for an appeal being exhausted.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1st September 2009
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