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I am above the law, says Rajapakse

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse has claimed that constitutionally he is above the law.

Rajapakse made the claim whilst addressing an election rally in Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama’s constituency in Kotte, according to media reports from Colombo.

Republic Constitution of 1978 brought by the then J. R. Jayawardene government places me above the Law. Accordingly judiciary cannot take action against me. The constitution empowers me to punish any soldier of the Sri Lanka Army who works against the country,” he stated, in obvious reference to the incarcerated former Army chief and Presidential Candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka.

“The Foreign Ministry and Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama acted firmly and responded decisively during the final stage of the war against LTTE to avoid unnecessary foreign interference,” he added.