Monday, March 26, 2012

Sri Lankan lawyers shun to appear for suspects in fear of reprisals

A Sri Lankan lawyer attacked by a Buddhist monk near a court
Sri Lankan lawyers including the Legal Aid Commission have rejected to appear against suspects of the assassination case of Major General Janaka Perera and a number of others.

Two persons are indicted in High Court for the assassination of the politician turned military leader who was killed in a suicide attack that took place in Anuradhapura.

The suspects were further remanded on March 26 by Anuradhapura High Court Judge and the case was postponed to May 17, 2012.

Following is a quote from the website of Legal Aid Commission of Sri Lanka.

"Legal assistance to the vulnerable groups of a country constitutes an important segment of the administration of justice. ........... The Legal Aid Commission (LAC) of Sri Lanka established in the year 1978 by Law No 27 of 1978 completes 32 years this year 2010. The Commission has at all times strived to make Equal Access to Justice for All in Sri Lanka a reality."

Read this story that describes an event in which a lawyer that appeared for suspects of a murder were brutally attacked.

Sri Lankan lawyer brutally assaulted by Buddhist monks for appearing for suspects of a killing of two monks

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