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Attack on JSC Secy:Judges call emergency general meeting; Lawyers march against the attack

Black flags at the main court complex, Colombo, 08.10.12 ( more photos at the end)

District Judges and Magistrates are to be called for an emergency general meeting to decide what future action the Association of Judicial Officers should take over the attack on Judicial Service Commission Secretary Manjula Thilakaratne.

Secretary of the Association, Additional District Judge of Colombo Pradeep Jayatillake, yesterday decided to hold the emergency general meeting of the association immediately. The District Courts and the Magistrate’s Courts adjourned proceedings yesterday to express solidarity with the Judicial Services Commission. The President of the Magistrate’s Court Lawyers’ Union R. A. Padmapriya Ranawake, and its Secretary D. S. Gamage issued a news release condemning the assault and expressing solidarity with their union.

By Chitra Weerarathne
A large group of lawyers held a protest against the recent assault on the Judicial Service Commission Secretary Manjula Thilakaratne.

The protest march went through the streets of the St. Sebastian Hill and a coffin was burnt opposite the Magistrate’s Court of Hulftsdorp.

The protesting lawyers proceeded to the street opposite the Ministry of Justice carrying placards which read: “The Independence of the Judiciary should not be interfered with” and “Thugs at large; law enforcement in peril”.

Among those who joined the protest march were Mano Ganeshan of the Democratic People’s Front, UNP National List MP Dr. Harsha de Silva, Dr. Mahim Mendis, Dr. Chandragupta Thenuwara and Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri, members of the Federation of University Teachers’ Association and UNP Members of Parliament Ajith P. Pathirana and Dayasiri Jayasekera.

The protest lasted for over two hours. Meanwhile, the officers working in the Registrar’s office, too, expressed their solidarity with the lawyers.
 By Chitra Weerarathne

Photos of the lawyers protest: Vikalpa


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