SJB MPs wear black scarves in protest

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Parliamentarians today wore black scarves in Parliament in protest over convicted murderer Premalal Jayasekara being appointed as a Member of Parliament today.

The SJB strongly objected to Jayasekara being allowed to take oaths as a Parliamentarian.

SJB Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella said that Parliament must inform the National Elections Commission that Jayasekara is not suitable to be a Member of Parliament.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena however rejected the objections on the basis that he was allowed to take oaths by court.

A heated exchange of words also ensued between Government and SJB members.

Convicted murderer Premalal Jayasekara was brought to Parliament today to attend the sittings.

Jayasekara later took oaths as a Parliamentarian.

He was brought to Parliament by Prisons Department officers after the Court of Appeal issued an interim order to allow him to attend Parliament sessions.

The Court of Appeal yesterday directed the Prisons Department to allow the newly elected Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Parliamentarian to attend Parliament sittings.

Jayasekara, who was recently sentenced to death, filed the writ application at the Court of Appeal requesting to be allowed to attend Parliament sittings.

The Court of Appeal delivered its verdict on the matter yesterday.

An issue had arisen after Prison officials failed to allow Jayasekara to attend Parliament proceedings last month.

The Prisons Department had earlier been ordered by Parliament to allow Premalal Jayasekara to attend sittings.

However, Jayasekara had not been brought to Parliament.

The incident prompted Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to order the Prisons Department to allow Jayasekara to attend Parliament.

The Speaker told Parliament that Jayasekara cannot be blocked from attending Parliament sessions.

In July, the Ratnapura High Court imposed the death sentence on Premalal Jayasekara and two others over a murder committed during the 2015 Presidential election in Kahawatte.

One person was killed and several others were injured in the incident. (Colombo Gazette)

2 COMMENTS

  1. If you don’t remove the ban on dual citizens becoming parliamentarians, it will become a stumbling block to deal with the brain drain.

    Ironically, you allow poorly educated people and criminals who are in prison to become members of Parliament, at the same time you are concern about the talented Sri Lankan born dual citizenship holders. Only Gotabaya Rajapaksa would give up his foreign citizenship, because he was assured a decent role by his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa. Nobody else would give up their citizenship to get involved in Sri Lanka. This country has a track record of assassinating talents than any other Asian country. I was in Sri Lanka for few years, I know the reality. You are wrong, if you think that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is more committed to Sri Lanka, because he has given up another country’s citizenship. If a piece of paper ‘denounced foreign citizenship’ would make you to think that a person is committed for Sri Lanka then it is clear you don’t deserve to have a developed country.

  2. Remember, the West would do everything to keep the Sri Lankan talents in the West, it was very clear from their Facebook propaganda against the 20th amendment. The fools who graduated from the Facebook are doing the will of the West, but believing that they are doing good for themselves. No wonder why the Facebook has blocked me from commenting or posting for 30 days.

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