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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.

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