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At least 14 new Cabinet Ministers have corruption charges levelled against them – Opposition

CONTROVERSIAL APPOINTMENT – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa hands over letter to Attorney Mohamed Ali Sabry appointing him Minister of Justice/PMD

ECONOMYNEXT- The Samagi Jana Balavegaya is not against the appointment of Mohamed Ali Sabry as Justice Minister because he is a Muslim, but because he has defended many cabinet Ministers in court on corruption charges, the party spokesman said.

SJB MP Harin Fernando said that the opposition has no issue with Ali Sabry’s religious beliefs as he said that they believe that every Sri Lankan in the country should be given equal opportunity.

However, he said they have a problem about who Ali Sabry is, as the Justice Minister was the lawyer who represented Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Mahinda Rajapaksa and 14 other current cabinet members who have corruption charges levelled against them.

Extremist Sinhala Buddhist organisations have objected to Ali Sabry’s appointment as the Justice Minister saying he will free Muslims being held for their involvement in the Easter Sunday attacks.

At least two extremist groups, the Sinhala Ravaya and the Sinha-Le organisation have been objecting to the discussion around Sabry being appointed to the Cabinet of Ministers and particularly to the Justice Ministry. (Colombo, August 13, 2020)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe