Ranil removed to abolish Special HCs and protect Rajapaksas – UNP
‘MPs who don’t support Mahinda threatened with death’
by Zacki Jabbar
The UNP said yesterday that under the “illegal deal” entered into by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, there was a move to abolish the Special High Courts.
Kalutara District UNP MP Ajith P. Perera addressing a press conference, at Temple Trees, said Justice Minister Susil Premajayantha’s remarks that the Special High Courts hearing high profile cases would be abolished , indicated that the main reason for appointing Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime Minister, when Ranil Wickremesinghe was still the legitimate Premier, was to prevent the Rajapaksas and their associates from being prosecuted over serious criminal charges.
Perera pointed out that 120 criminal cases which were investigated and filed in the Special High Courts, with supporting evidence , would be thrown into the dustbin , under the plan hatched by the Sirisena-Mahinda combine.
Perera, responding to what he said was a remark by the purported new Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera that a few MPs could get killed on November 14 – the day on which President Srisena was scheduled to make his Policy Speech, noted that the Sirisena-Mahinda combine knowing very well that they could not obtain a parliamentary majority, were planning to resort to thuggery and murder, to intimidate and frighten MPs who had recognised Ranil and not Mahinda as the legitimate Prime Minister.
He warned there would be no option but to meet force in a similar manner, if the Rajapaksas resorted to thuggery, which had been a feature of their rule from 2005 to 2014.
Colombo District UNP MP Harsha de Silva said that the Sirisena- Mahinda combine’s threat to abolish the Free Trade Agreement with Singapore as matter of priority, was a joke . “If they really wanted to , it should have been done by now. What is preventing them doing so?”
De Silva observed that if any one was foolish enough to meddle with the sound economic policies introduced by the Ranil Wickremesinghe government, it was the country and its people who would suffer.
The US Dollar to the Rupee which stood at Rs. 172 on October 26, has depreciated to Rs.175.13 and during the last few days foreign investors withdrew over 140 million US dollars. That was in addition to adverse travel advisories issued by various countries , indicating what exactly the international community thought about the constitutional crisis and ensuing chaos that had been created, due to President Sirisena pursuing a personal agenda, he added.