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Faraz hails MR in statement issued to the media

Faraz Shauketaly,Journalist,Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka,  19th February 2013. He is also quoted as saying that the articles that he has written on a variety of subjects including investigative articles, news reports, and the column he writes have been balanced and equitable in every way. In a statement sent to the media written by the Sunday Leader journalist Faraz Shauketaly, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been praised for pushing the authorities to investigate the recent shooting incident in Mount Lavinia.The statement quotes the journalist, who was shot by unidentified gunmen last week, as saying that the intervention of the President in the investigations clearly demonstrates the President’s determination to uphold the rule of law in Sri Lanka. ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE MR FARAZ SHAUKETALY – SRI LANKA, 15-FEB-2013 It would be prudent to note that due to the nature of my very serious injuries I have been unable to fully assist the investigative work of the local Police who are yet to receive my formal statement of the traumatic events that took place last Friday night at my home in Mount Lavinia. Naturally in the fullness of time my statement will be given to the Police in order that the important work they are required to carry out will be facilitated. However my most immediate concern now is for the recovery of my health and of course the continued safety of my family and me. In this aspect His Excellency President Rajapaksa has personally ordered the provision of adequate protection for me and this aspect is very much in place now. This was provided immediately after the incident was reported. I am clearly very grateful for this support during this difficult and trying period for me personally.The articles that I have written on a variety of subjects including investigative articles, news reports, and the column I write, has never been at cross-purposes and it is acknowledged that these have been balanced and equitable in every way.My family and I are confident that once the necessary statements have been made the authorities in Sri Lanka will be able to fully investigate, apprehend and prosecute to the full extent the law permits, those responsible for planning and executing the cowardly attack on my life. PRESS STATEMENTFOR IMMEDIATE GENERAL RELEASE My family and I are also mindful of the support we have had from hundreds of well-wishers around the world concerned at these rather traumatic events and we appreciate their messages of support and concern including that of the United Kingdom.  Due to the wide international coverage this incident has caused primarily due to my involvement in the media industry, we have felt a need to address some of those concerns. Further to a clear attempt to assassinate me at my residence last Friday night by persons as yet unknown, my family and I would like to thank His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his personal intervention in issuing instructions to the law enforcement authorities in Sri Lanka to ensure a thorough and rapid investigation is carried out into this matter.  This clearly demonstrates His Excellency’s determination to uphold the rule of law in Sri Lanka. My family is deeply grateful for the efforts and support received from the United Kingdom Authorities in Sri Lanka and would like to urge all concerned that until such time that the investigations are completed, it would be unfair and inequitable to rush into conclusions that may have no basis in fact. We urge the international community to bear with these particular circumstances which we acknowledge are both difficult and important to completely investigate. read more

Child locked in bedroom by grandparents is taken into care

first_imgA child was taken away from her grandparents and put into foster care after they locked her in her room overnight. The seven-year-old, from the West Midlands, was put into the care of the local authority after social workers found out that she had been locked in to prevent her from wandering around. The couple say that Judge Rosalind Bush, a senior family court judge, ruled that the child should go into care after a private hearing in Wolverhampton. But they have not had a written explanation or seen a judgment so don’t know why the decision was made.  If the judge doesn’t have a proper explanation as to why they’re taking the child into care, then they shouldn’t be taking the child into careJohn Hemming The child was locked in her bedroom at night on two occasions after she started to wander. The grandparents said this was for her own safety, but social workers intervened.The case was heard at a private family court hearing, but no ruling was ever published. Wolverhampton town centre The private hearing took place in WolverhamptonCredit:Andrew Foxcenter_img “I doubt she’s the first child to have been locked in a bedroom,” he added. Legal advisers for the couple said they had asked the Court of Appeal to re-open the case. Earlier this month researchers said people were being left with a “patchy understanding” of the family justice system because judges did not consistently following guidance on the publication of case rulings.Academics at Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics analysed more than 800 rulings published in the two years after guidance was issued following complaints about court secrecy.A report said “only 27 judges and 12 courts” had sent more than 10 cases to the British and Irish Legal Information Institute website for publication during that period. John Hemming, a former Liberal Democrat MP who campaigns for transparency in the justice system, said that the judge had to “show her working”. “To not give a reason just isn’t acceptable. If the judge doesn’t have a proper explanation as to why they’re taking the child into care, then they shouldn’t be taking the child into care,” he said.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more