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Published on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 12:13

Lawyer 410px 14 09 16Legal practitioners have called upon the IGP to take immediate steps to ensure the protection of three human rights lawyers – namely Namal Rajapakshe, Manjula Pathiraja and Lakshan Dias who have been continuously victimized by threats and intimidations of unidentified groups as a result of the nature of their work.

The Lawyers Collective issuing a statement has expressed grave concern over the most recent incident of intimidation that Rajapakshe had faced on Saturday evening where two unidentified men wearing helmets and jackets had stormed into his office located in Kelaniya, at about 6.20 pm in the evening and had threatened to kill him and Pathiraja if they did not stop appearing for ‘unnecessary cases’.

The men had mentioned particularly cases that they have appeared for including a case against a controversial Buddhist monk. Lawyers Rajapakshe and Pathiraja appear for the case filed against the Bodu Bala Sena by by Watareka  Vijitha Thero.

However, speaking to BBC Sandeshaya lawyer Namal Rajapksa has stated that a lawyer connected to Bodu Bala Sena told him that they have no involvement in threatening.

Lawyers Collective has pointed out that although steps were taken to lodge police complaints similarly during the threats levelled against him as well as Pathiraja and Diasinside by the thugs at the Maradana Police station on August 04, no action has been taken so far against the perpetrators and neither have they been identified.

Rajapakshe, Pathiraja and Dias are leading human rights activists and lawyers and Rajapaksa and Pathiraja have also come forward to point out severe irregularities identified in the in postmortem reports of the individuals who died during Aluthgama clashes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 12:13