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President Maithripala Sirisena points out, many problems have arisen due to some enjoying the established freedom and democracy, beyond limits

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes, under the principal to affirm the Rule of Law, an environment should not prevail in which anyone can 'cling behind' politicians. He made the statement participating at a ceremony organized to declare open the new court complex in Wattala. He further stated, not only in the judicial sector, but in all sectors, those who are deployed should be able to carry out their duties with a content mind' and in a 'free environment'. The President pointed out, the government within the past three years provided solutions to the salary anomalies and other difficulties faced by staff in the judicial sector and Attorney General Department. The President said, attention will be focused upon the points put forward with regard to the promotion and transfers of judges. He pointed out the need to implement a special unit to look into their justifiable grievances. He proposed to run the unit by a three-member-committee comprising judges from the Court of Appeals and High Courts.

The strengthening of the Rule of Law is the foundation to build a society of values. He reminisced, he was voted into power on the 8th of January 2015 for the Rule of Law to be established. He observed, there are some who have gone beyond the limits of democracy and freedom. This is why we have had to experience behaviour that is in total contrast to that of a civilized society. Focusing on allegations levelled against the government that underworld criminals are lifting their heads again, the President said, the responsibility of curbing this trend lies with the Ministry of Law and Order and the Police Department. He emphasized, these respective entities need to pay swift attention to this trend. He added, if they are not proactive, he is prepared to take the necessary decisions in this regard.

Ministers Thalatha Athukorala, John Amarathunge, Chief Justice Priyasath Dept and Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya were also present.