Condemnation

Oct 09, 2012 (LBO) – The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka’s top business grouping has condemned an attack on a top official of an independent judicial commission, days after he complained of intimidation and interference by the executive. “The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) notes with grave concern the attack on the Secretary of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) by an unidentified group on Sunday morning,” the chamber said in a statement.

“The CCC condemns this attack in the strongest possible terms.

“This attack comes at a time when the JSC had issued a statement alleging attempts to interfere with the independent functioning of the Judiciary.”

The chamber said the ruling administration had directed the police to probe the crime and bring to justice the perpetrators.

“Failure to do so will harm the credibility of the Government and the country’s law enforcement agencies,” the chamber said.

Sri Lanka’s criminal justice system has been undermined through two constitutions enacted in 1972 and 1978 which destroyed the institution of permanent secretaries of ministries that ensured justice and rule of law.

The ruling political elite of the country after gaining self determining from British rule abolished