We have company but bad company!
Now there are three countries in the news, for all the wrong reasons, for their clashes with the countries' judiciary. It all started with Pakistan, then Sri Lanka and now Egypt.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had a long drawn battle from the time General Musharraf was the president of that country.
As the war between Pakistan's present government of Asif Zardari and the supreme-court escalated the nation's prime- minister Raza Gilani was found guilty of contempt of court and was disqualified from holding office.
He failed to obey the court order to write to Swiss authorities to reopen old corruption cases against Zardari. The present prime minister's position is also in the balance if he does not follow the same court order.
Now we have a tussle with our own chief justice who was appointed by our president. Rightly or wrongly an inquiry has been initiated by some complainants on the country's chief justice.
The same complainants have made the inquiry themselves into the allegations and have found the CJ guilty on three counts and have passed judgment.
During the latter part of the inquiry the CJ or the opposition members of the PSC were not present - staging a boycott of the procedure.
The third country, Egypt, which had a similar confrontation with the judiciary, where a violent protest broke out over president, Mohammed Morsi declaration of a decree absorbing huge powers. Morsi has now annulled his decree to calm the public anger. Now he is proposing to have a referendum on the issue on Saturday but it is not yet clear whether the opposition will boycott the referendum.
However, a group of senior judges have announced that they would be prepared to oversee the vote, on certain conditions. The opposition was not aiming at toppling the first democratically elected president but wanted a better constitution, former foreign minister Amr Moussa has told the media.
The Egyptian Judicial System is an independent branch of the government which includes both secular and religious courts. It is a system based on Europe and primarily French legal concepts and methods.
Egypt was among the first world countries after France to establish a judicial institution. The beginning was in 1875 with the enactment of the modern codification under which the mixed courts established.
Our immediate worry is about the huge adverse publicity given in the foreign press for our current issue in our country but do the 'frog in the well' politicians, in Sri Lanka understand this?
There is hardly an international media which has missed this 'disastrous' news. We don't want to be one of the three countries in turmoil on the same issue of judiciary and we hate to be so.
Let us maintain our hitherto clean record internationally. It is really sad that our politicians on the both sides of the house don't realize the grievance of what is going on in our country now.
'Lose talk' can badly damage our country's name. May sanity prevail!
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