Dappula turns down diplomatic posting
By Hansi Nanayakkara
Attorney General Dappula de Livera, who has been nominated by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Canada, yesterday turned down the appointment.
Expressing his gratitude over the appointment, de Livera had informed President Rajapaksa that he wishes to remain in Sri Lanka to serve its people. The Attorney General’s Coordinating Officer, State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne confirmed this to Ceylon Today. De Livera was sworn in as Attorney General on 10 May 2019 before then President Maithripala Sirisena. On 7 May 2019, the Constitutional Council, chaired by then Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, unanimously approved the name of de Livera as the new AG. De Livera has served as the Acting AG and the Solicitor General prior to his appointment as the AG. He has concluded action in 27,206 criminal cases during his tenure from May 2019 to May 2021.