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Speaker prevents UN envoy from meeting judges

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has prevented a United Nations Special Rapporteur examining the rights of freedom of association and peaceful assembly from meeting High Court Judges in Colombo.

The envoy Clément Nyaletsossi Voule has been travelling to other parts of the country and has met groups of citizens in the North and elsewhere.

In a statement to the Media, the Speaker said that the Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa, Opposition MP Dinesh Gunewardene and other MPs had objected to the envoy ”questioning” the top judges in the country.h

He said he had discussions with the relevant Ministry Secretaries and Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorale and prevented the meetings.

However, the Speaker noted that in the past Chief Justices had met envoys of this nature.

It is not clear whether envoy Voule met with Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya.

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