President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake yesterday viewing a photographic exhibition, Heta Dakina Ranil, depicting the most important moments of Prime Minister Wickremsinghe’s political career spanning four decades. The exhibition was declared open by the President Sirisena at the BMICH. It is open to public between August 18 and 20 from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm. Pic by Saman Abesiriwardena

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JO alleges govt. functioning as CJ

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his family and the Joint Opposition wouldn’t run away in the face of politically motivated ‘judicial’ attempts to target them on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations.

Former Law Prof. Peiris was responding to The Island query why those who had been accused of what the JO repeatedly called unsubstantiated allegations were reluctant to face judicial process to clear their names ahead of next presidential and parliamentary polls in 2020. The Island also asked whether it wouldn’t be better for those who had been targeted to clear their names as soon as possible.



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