Plan To Strip Political Opponents Of Civic Rights – Special PCoI Appointed

President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa made a giant leap towards dictatorship for life on Sunday, January 31, 2021 appointing a Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry (SPCoI) to determine whether politicians and public servants implicated by his Political Victimisation Commission should lose their civic rights.

A gazette extraordinary, dated January 29, 2021 established the Special PCoI which to take the Political Victimization Commission to the next level of persecution against Nandasena Rajapaksa’s political opponents. The Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry will be chaired by Supreme Court Justice Dhammika Samarakoon and will also comprise SC Justice Kumuduni Wickremasinghe and Court of Appeal Judge Ratnapriya Gurusinghe.

Colombo Telegraph learns that President Nandasena Rajapaksa has decided to utilize a Special Commission of Inquiry to take action against those the PCoI on Political Victimization has recommended for punishment is a result of the Attorney General repeatedly clashing with the Abeyratne Commission on overstepping its mandate by going into cases currently on trial in the High Court.

On being ordered to cease currently ongoing trials, AG Dappula De Livera refused to do the Commission’s bidding and publicly rebuked the Abeyratne Commission’s request.

The Abeyratne Commission attempted to get the AG to suspend trials into the abduction of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, Ali Roshan the elephant trafficker and the Navy abductions case.

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