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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 76

President Kumaratunga slams the Supreme Court consisting of

[b]President Kumaratunga slams the Supreme Court consisting of her appointees[/b]

H. L. D. Mahindapala - Melbourne & Mendaka Abeysekera - Beijing

[b] Beijing, 14 September, ( [/b]President Chandrika Kumaratunga has done it again.

First she and her brother, Anura Bandaranaike, the Foreign Minister, attacked the presidential candidate of their party (SLFP), Mahinda Rajapakse, after endorsing him as their nominee. Anura Bandaranaike said that he has been hijacked by the “extremists” – i.e. the JVP.

Following this attack President Kumaratunga, in an aside, has questioned whether the Supreme Court is also an “extremist” institution. The Supreme Court consists of almost all her nominees.

She made this statement in an interview with a correspondent of the Chinese CCTV 9 program “Dialogue” aired on September 13, 2005.

Throughout her period as president she defended and protected the Supreme Court, headed by her appointee, Sarath Silva. The UNP opposition has seriously considered impeaching the Chief Justice, Sarath Silva, on various charges. The Court was seen as tilting towards the President in most of the critical judgements. But in the last two judgements the Supreme Court held against her. First was when the Supreme Court stayed action on the agreement between the government and the LTTE (P-TOMS) to distribute foreign aid through LTTE instrumentalities headquartered in Killinochchi – an LTTE-controlled inaccessible to all the victims of the tsunami.

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