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Sri Lanka's new justice minister vows not to send 'war heroes' to international courts

Sri Lanka's new justice minister, Thalatha Athukorala pledged that no former military personnel, who she described as 'war heroes who saved this country' would be sent to international courts. 

"The President and the Prime Minister have placed an enormous trust in me and I have been entrusted with this responsibility. I will carry out my responsibility with the best of my ability," Ms Athukorala was quoted by Colombo Page as saying. 

"However, I will not give any room to anybody to prosecute our war heroes who have protected this country in a foreign court or punish them."

Ms Athukorala took over from Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe who was sacked over his failure to investigate corruption by the former regime.