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FR Petitions filed by those aggrieved by Easter Bombing to be heard

The Supreme Court has fixed July 25 and 26 to hear 12 Fundamental Rights petitions filed by several hundred citizens aggrieved by the Easter Sunday bombings.

The petitions say their Fundamental Rights were violated by the lapses made by the government and officials responsible for security and are asking for redress including in some cases compensation for the loss of relatives.

These applications are being treated as urgent national business and the Chief Justice Jagath Jayasuriya has appointed a seven-judge, full-bench of the Supreme Court to hear them.

Among those named as Respondents are President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Members of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Police Chief at the time Pujith Jayasundera and the then Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Hemasiri Fernando.

The Judges on the bench are the Chief Justice and Justices Buveneka Aluwihare, Sisira de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardana, Prasanna Jayawardana, L T B Dehideniya and Murdu Fernando.

At the outset, the Attorney General Dappula de Livera appearing in his private capacity informed the court that the AG’s Department will not appear for the former IGP and former Secretary Defense.

The courts will accept objections to the petitions on July 18, counter-arguments on July 23 and Support on July 25 and 26.