Sirisena rules out foreign judges in war crimes probe
President Maithripala Sirisena has reiterated that he will not have
international judges on the bench for probe on war crimes cases which
have been allegedly committed by government troops and the LTTE.
Addressing the National Law Conference in the sea side southern
resort of Wadduwa on Friday (18), Sirisena said: “I will not agree to
get foreign judges in to any kind of investigations into human rights
He said, he had the fullest confidence in the local judges and
judicial administrators, so there was no need for international judges.
President Sirisena had made a similar comment a few weeks ago to the
international media and that created a storm with human rights groups
insisting that he reconsider his stand.
According to the UN Human Rights Council resolution of 2014, Sri
Lanka was to set up an international mechanism to probe the war crimes
Sri Lanka co-sponsored the 2015 resolution with the US which also
called for a mechanism with international judges and prosecutors.