Making history: Convicted murderer sworn-in as MP

Staff Writer | Author . පරිවර්තනය කරන්න සිංහල හෝ தமிழ் 9/8/2020 2:09:00 PM
Making history: Convicted murderer sworn-in as MP

By Hasarindu Rajapaksa  | Translated By Akitha Wijayasinghe


Premalal Jayasekara who is sentenced to death, gave his oath today (8) as a member of parliament before the speaker.

Wearing black stripes opposition MPs depicted their objection against the annihilation of parliament traditions by allowing a death penalty holder to give oath as a MP.

This is the first time in parliament history over the years where a death penalty holder gave his oath as a MP.

Three politicians including Jayasekara were convicted for murder and sentenced to death by Ratnapura High Court 31st July 2020, for the indictments harming a 2015 presidential rally in Kahawatta and shooting a person to death in the process.

But the Attorney General had informed his opinion to Secretary General and Ministry of Justice emphasizing that Jayasekara cannot take his seat in parliament or use his vote.

However, the Court of Appeal ordered yesterday (7) to make necessary arrangements for Jayasekara to give his oath as a member of parliament.

A panel of judges consisting of the President of the Court of Appeal, Mr. A.H.M.D. Nawas and Mr. Sobhitha Rajakaruna issued this interim order.

This enabled Jayasekara to give his oath as a member of parliament today.

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