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Sri Lanka: Sirisena Insists No Foreign Judges In War Crimes Probe


Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena reiterated that he will not allow international judges on the bench to hear war crimes cases that have been allegedly committed by government troops and the LTTE.

According to local press, while addressing the National Law Conference in Wadduwa on Friday, Sirisena said, “I will not agree to get foreign judges in to any kind of investigations into human rights violations allegations.”

Sirisena was quoted as saying that that there was no need for international judges as he had the fullest confidence in the Sri Lanka’s judges and judicial administrators.

Sirisena’s most recent comments regarding the possibility of international judges was seen as a response to a similar comment that he made just a few weeks ago and which had led to calls by human rights groups insisting that the president reconsider his stand.

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