Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando emphasizes that although opposition parties allege that there are various external influences on the rule of law, it remains secure and those allegations are baseless.
Especially President Maithripala Sirisena has no influence on law enforcement agencies, he added.
He further says that the support shown by the President, as the Executive, when the Independent Police Commission and Judicial Services Commission were established, must be remembered.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had expressed their views in the Fort Magistrate Court against Chief of Defense Staff Ravindra Wijegunaratne during the hearing of the case filed regarding the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in 2008/ 2009 period. Hemasiri Fernando points out that the Chief of Defense Staff was remanded after he appeared before the court.
He went on to say that if there are external influences on the rule of law, the highest officer of the defense service wouldn’t have faced such a situation.
Even though some alleged that the President is protecting him, it has now been proven that he doesn’t.
The Supreme Court on December 7 will deliver its verdict on petitions filed questioning the constitutionality of the gazette announcement issued by the President on the dissolution of Parliament.
The President has already stated that he will accept any verdict delivered by the Supreme Court.
“It was the President who recommended Nalin Perera, a well-experienced professional in the field of law, to the Constitution Council to be considered for the post of Chief Justice. In that context, even though the Executive had the opportunity to interfere, the President did not do so. He is acting independently.”
The Defense Secretary further said that above two recent incidents are adequate to understand that there is no external influence on the rule of law.