SC summons former President Rajapaksa; FSP wary

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Frontline Socialist Party 2015 presidential candidate Duminda Nagamuwa who filed a Court case against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that there was no reason to feel content about the Supreme Court issuing a notice on former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Nagamuwa made this statement to the Daily FT after the SC bench headed by Chief Justice K. Sripavan on Wednesday issued notice on former President Mahinda Rajapaksa after considering a Fundamental Rights petition which was filed by Nagamuwa where he alleged that during the period of the 2015 presidential polls and in the early hours of 9January (the day following the election), former President Mahinda Rajapaksa violatedthe Provisions of the Civil Security Act by stationing teams of security personnel belonging to the three Armed forces. “There is nothing to feel content about the SC issuing a notice on Mahinda Rajapaksa as that is what the normal procedure should be, but just issuing the notice is not enough as the person in question has to appear before Courts. However, we will wait and see what happens,” Nagamuwa said. Meanwhile,legal experts are of the opinion that former President Rajapaksa will send his lawyer to Courts in the same manner former President Chandrika Kumaratunga sent her lawyer to Courts in relation to the controversial Waters Edge case. A leading lawyerin the country,Lakshan Dias told the Daily FT that even though former President Rajapaksa may be represented in Courts through a proxy, if he is proven guilty then he will have to face the penalty as that is the law. “If he wins,then that is another story; however, if he is proven guilty, then he will have to face the consequences as although immunity is granted for official decisions of a president during his tenure, even presidents are responsible for their civil and unlawful activities if those charges are proven,” Dias said. (JP)