Haiti UN peacekeeping mission condemns shooting of judge

Maitre Jean Carves, who has recently presided over kidnapping cases, was shot on Thursday, MINUSTAH said in a news release denouncing the attack as “unacceptable interference” with the authority of justice.“He is not the first magistrate victim of an armed attack,” said Danielle Saada, Chief of the Justice Section of MINUSTAH. “The crime must be denounced and punished,” added Ms. Saada. “The mission will provide its full support to the National Police so that the perpetrators are apprehended and brought to justice, the same justice they are trying to silence.” MINUSTAH also expressed its sympathy to Judge Carves and members of his family, while wishing him a speedy and complete recovery. 28 September 2009The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today condemned “in the strongest terms” an armed attack wounding a judge from the small Caribbean country in an attempt to undermine justice. read more

MR invited to contest from Kurunegala

“The UPFA General Secretary gave in writing the approval for Rajapaksa to contest under the UPFA,” he said. Ekanayake said that Rajapaksa was later invited to contest from Kurunegala as he can be assured of obtaining the highest number of votes at the Parliament election.The former Minister claimed that President Maithripala Sirisena had also agreed to give Rajapaksa nominations but was now facing pressure from some people around him. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been invited to contest the Parliament elections from the Kurunegala District.Speaking to reporters in Kandy, former Minister T.B. Ekanayake said that Rajapaksa will contest the election under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) as this was confirmed by UPFA General Secretary Susil Premjayantha. He says a very positive political environment had developed in the country after the UPFA agreed to give nominations to Rajapaksa. Ekanayake said that all UPFA leaders welcomed the decision taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to give nominations to Rajapaksa.He also said that the UPFA agrees with the proposed policy that anyone found guilty of corruption not be given nominations to contest the election. (Colombo Gazette) read more