OMP Bill will be nullified under JO Govt: Dinesh

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The joint opposition said yesterday it would consider the Office of Missing Persons Bill invalid because the due procedure was not followed in passing it and as such it would be nullified under a future government headed by it.

JO parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardane said the Bill was put to a vote when a group of MPs were demonstrating in the Well of the House and that the quorum bill was not rung for the members to arrive in the Chamber to participate in the vote and under such circumstances the Bill could not be considered has have been enacted.

MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara said he was a member of the Oversight Committee that considered this Bill.

"I was opposed to the Bill being taken up for debate. Yet, my position was ignored. The committee used the majority approval to present its report in Parliament. There were two amendments proposed by the Committee. All of a sudden, we found 17 amendments by the government. I sought more time to study them. It was not given," he said.

Mr. Nanayakkara said the Bill would be declared null and void under a government headed by his party in future.

He said the Bill would provide for a hybrid judicial mechanism proposed by the government and though the findings of this Office would would not lead to criminal liability, its findings based on international expertise, would set the stage for action through such a mechanism in the near future Mr. Nanayakkara said the Office of Missing Persons would exercise police and judicial powers in one form or the other. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)

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  • Dean Friday, 12 August 2016 02:35 PM

    Dream on we will nullify the lot very soon.

    willows Friday, 12 August 2016 09:09 AM

    keep dreaming

    Katie Friday, 12 August 2016 09:59 AM

    They oppose this bill because of fear of what might transpire and how many may be exposed

    Daham Friday, 12 August 2016 10:01 AM

    OMP bill will be nullified in his next birth.

    bee Friday, 12 August 2016 10:53 AM

    your comment says it all. this is the one and only reason to be agains this bill

    prazi Friday, 12 August 2016 11:32 AM

    Future JO-ker government plans.

    Nalin Friday, 12 August 2016 11:36 AM

    great! great! great!

    Arjuna Ranawana Friday, 12 August 2016 11:45 AM

    JO is also non senesce

    rew Friday, 12 August 2016 12:09 PM

    Bitter "Bee"

    Nandanee Saturday, 13 August 2016 08:45 AM

    “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” ― Albert Einstein

    BV Friday, 12 August 2016 12:14 PM

    In your dream government is it ?

    Dayan Friday, 12 August 2016 12:29 PM

    Truly?

    malij Friday, 12 August 2016 12:58 PM

    Kakpaantharayak balagena inna wei.

    malij Friday, 12 August 2016 01:06 PM

    JO Government?? Judging from the way they behave in parliament, they deserve to be dispatched to a lunatic asylum. They could form a Govt there. People will never vote for such unruly, foul mouthed bunch of hooligans.

    Sincere Friday, 12 August 2016 01:34 PM

    Do u want missing persons to vanish forever? Don't their next of kin have a right at least to know what happened.to them? They are also human beings Dinesh.

    saleem Thursday, 11 August 2016 09:54 PM

    JO government haha as if the minority communities will vote for these thugs via DM Android App

    usuf Saturday, 13 August 2016 01:14 PM

    day dreaming due to old age via DM Android App


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