Kaduwela Magistrate Dhammika Hemapala yesterday rejected the bail applications submitted by UPFA MP Basil Rajapaksa and three others and re-remanded them till June 10.The three others re-remanded with Rajapaksa were former economic development ministry secretary Nihal Jayatilake (standing between two prisons officers), former Divineguma fund director general R. R .K. Ranawaka (not in the picture) and former regional director Bandula Thilakasiri, who is getting down from the prison vehicle. All four are facing corruption charges pertaining to Divineguma operations (Pic by Kamal Bogoda)

Govt . won’t send ‘Special Delegation’ for UNHRC 29th Session

UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein expected soon

by Zacki Jabbar

Deviating from practices adopted by the Rajapaksa administration, the government said yesterday that it would not be sending a ‘Special Delegation’ for the 29th United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Sessions, to be held in Geneva next month.

The newly appointed spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry and Acting Director General of the UN Division, Mahishini Colonne told a news conference in Colombo, that there was no need to dispatch a "Special Delegation" incurring enormous expenses , since Sri Lanka had a permanent mission in Geneva and its officials would be called upon to do the job expected of them.

"We do not intend following the wasteful practices that had been adopted by the previous government," she emphasised.

Pointing out that Sri Lanka was not a member of the UNHRC, Colonne said that the same procedure would be followed in respect of meetings of the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearance, with Sri Lankan officials stationed in Geneva representing the country.
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