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JO alleges govt. functioning as CJ


Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his family and the Joint Opposition wouldn’t run away in the face of politically motivated ‘judicial’ attempts to target them on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations.

Former Law Prof. Peiris was responding to The Island query why those who had been accused of what the JO repeatedly called unsubstantiated allegations were reluctant to face judicial process to clear their names ahead of next presidential and parliamentary polls in 2020. The Island also asked whether it wouldn’t be better for those who had been targeted to clear their names as soon as possible.

The issue came up at weekly JO media briefing at Dr N.M. Perera Centre, Borella, where Prof. Peiris, JO leader MP Dinesh Gunawardena, MP Dallas Alahapperuma and former ministers, Prof. Tissa Vitharana and A.H.M Azwer addressed the recent developments.


Wijeyadasa runs gauntlet at Sirikotha


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One out of 20 MPs in current parliament appointed through backdoor - JO


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JO protest at Colombo Town Hall today

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Docs threaten to leave SLMC if it is hijacked by Health Minister

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SB denies decision to appoint special court to try Rajapaksas


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Rajitha: What if bomb goes off while policemen are meditating?


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Taxes on motorcycles, mini lorries single cabs and internet data reduced


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TN CM announces inquiry into Jaya's death, paves way for merger of two warring factions of ruling AIADMK


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Janaprith first Lankan elected to World Scout Committee


Janaprith Fernando, Attorney-at-Law and Deputy Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka Scout Association was elected as a member of the 41st World Scout Conference, being held in Baku, Azerbaijan where 166 member countries voted. Janaprith is the first Sri Lan...

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