IBA sends observer

The Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association (IBA) is sending senior Scottish judge Lord McCluskey to Sri Lanka next week to observe the trial of the human rights campaigner Dr Jayalath Jayawardena, accused of being absent from his role as government medical officer without permission. He has been charged with criminal misappropriation and cheating. The IBA believes Jayawardena should be facing civil rather than criminal proceedings.