Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will never allow international judges to participate in an accountability mechanism, said a government minister at a press briefing on Tuesday.
Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faizer Musthapha insisted that foreign judges wouldn’t be accommodated in any proposed court dealing with cases of international humanitarian law violations “under any circumstances”.
The Minister added that the president would not give in to international pressure, saying "various people can make recommendations though we’ll not accept anything inimical to Sri Lanka".
His remarks were reiterated by former MP Reginald Cooray, who is widely tipped to become the next Governor of the Northern Province.
Speaking at the SLFP party office, Mr Cooray recalled Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s comments to Al Jazeera and BBC, where he repeatedly rejection international involvement and reassured the press that foreign judges would not be allowed to participate.