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MP General Sarath Fonseka was not allowed to attend Parliament sittings today and was instead forced to attend the Court Martial hearing resulting in the opposition and a government MP urging the Speaker to ensure that the right of MPs are protected.

Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Member of Parliament (MP) Anura Kumara Dissanayaka told the Speaker of the House Chamal Rajapaksa that Fonseka’s rights as an MP had been violated as he had been prevented from attending Parliament today.

Also speaking here Government Minister Wimal Weerawansa noted that while Fonseka had different political views, as an MP he had rights like other Parliamentarians and as such his rights should be protected.

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa responded by saying he will look into the matter. Fonseka was allowed to attend Parliament yesterday despite the Court Martial sitting yesterday as well. Anura Kumara Dissanayaka later said that Fonseka had launched a fast to protest him being prevented from attending Parliament. (KB/GC)

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  • Wednesday, 05 May 2010 07:58 AM

    Have you forgotten so soon that the parlimentarians are the reprecentatives of citizens who finally has the decicive power in this country?

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 07:58 AM

    Its a direct threat to the Parliament . M.P's right to attend theParlament should be protected. Weerawansa was first person to moot the idiea of Court Marshal and now he is talking of privilege of S.F. which is a joke. Probally he has realised he is not going to get what he wants under his present Master

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 05:27 AM

    The circus goes on. What do we know about what is happening at this so called Court Martial ? Is the public made aware of the day to day proceedings of this Court Martial, since this is a matter of public importance considering the individual concerned. Or are we at the end of the day,forced to listen to the government's spin doctors ?

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 05:31 AM

    PATHETIC. apparently its INJUSTICE that prevails in this country.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 05:31 AM

    Invisible hand above parliament !

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 05:35 AM

    Why is Wimal Weerawansa having a soft spot for the General now?? this is a man who publicly stated that he had NO RIGHTS to run for presidency in this country 1/2 hrs before the election polls were closed down. Lets all ponder WHY in "silence" since we're not allowed to speak out in this country anymore.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 05:36 AM

    Good to note that Mr. Weerawansa is making some noise!

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 05:38 AM

    MINISTER WEERAWANSA HAS SUDDENLY DEVELOPED A GENEROUS COMPASSION ? OR HAS HE FORGOTTEN WHICH SIDE OF THE DIVIDE HE IS ON ?

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 05:39 AM

    What type of regulation, decree and law prevails in this country? Yesterday speaker allow him to be in parliament after 24 hours that has changed. Rule and order must be one not tentative.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 05:42 AM

    If the law and order goes to dog. Situation like 87-89 could be erupts again. Please don’t create like that situation again…please restore the law and order instead of political drama at so called court marshal.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 08:23 AM

    I will look into it (stands for I'll ask my brother)

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 05:49 AM

    The Hon. Speaker upheld General Fonseka's right to attend Parliament as an MP despite the Court Martial sittings. Naturally, his order applied for all the days of the Parliament sittings. On the other hand denying Gen. Fonseka's right to attend Parliament is the Defense Authority. Is this the clash of the Titans!?!

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 05:51 AM

    Banana rebublic in sri lanka....

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 05:57 AM

    All these days I was under the impression that this was a democratic country run by the people, So, the Sri Lankan Military is Mightier than the Parliament ??? in short the MILITARY DECISION IS THE LAW OF THE LAND

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 08:40 AM

    This is political drama to keep people away from their day to day real problem such as cost of living, pay hike etc…now who talks about price of bread or price of gas..

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 06:00 AM

    Those who running the country try to develop couple of problems in the country to divert attention.

    Citizens expect immediate release of General & all ministers & MPs focus on real problems of this country- such as comodity prices, health, education, transport, unemployment etc. etc. etc...............

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 08:44 AM

    SF has started his usual to get into the media. He must clear up his name before attending parliament. Doesn't he know to get his side of the case clear before putting himself in front of the public.
    SF you must get your priorities right.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 08:44 AM

    then keep 90% of MPs out of Parliaments

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 06:08 AM

    Isn't it a case of contempt of court. Surely they have disobeyed the Court of Appeal ruling that no court marshall inquiry should be held until May 25. Hope we are not a banana republic?

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 06:13 AM

    Parliamentary rights should supersede all others

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 06:16 AM

    why is Wimal putting up a sudden sympathy part on Gen.Fonseka now??

    isnt there something fishy here??

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 06:19 AM

    Wimal Weerawansa on the Presidential election day made a big fuss that SF is not a registered voter and now why is he shedding crocodile tears! He has an ulterior motive behind, perhaps he is trying to challenge the incumbent President as he has got the highest number of preference votes in the Western Province.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 06:19 AM

    The Military already showed that the Military is Mightier

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 08:15 PM

    Aren't there any precedents the Speaker could go by?

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 06:22 AM

    Court Marshal laws supercedes Parliamentary previleges. Will democracy prevail ????

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 08:45 PM

    The 'king' is mightier than the 'sword'?

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 06:24 AM

    Although he has made many statements that were detrimental to Sri Lanka internationally, he as a member of parliament has rights to attend parliament without any obstacle.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 06:32 AM

    SRI LANKA GOING BANANAS, THE MILITARY ATTACKING DM JOURNALIST TODAY, THE MILITARY COURTS RULING OVER THE PARLIAMENTARIANS NOT ALLOWING THEM TO ATTEND PARLIAMENT ...... THIS IS THE BEGINING

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 06:36 AM

    Good Move. He should not be allowed to attend the parliament. It is not violated or deprived the rights of Paliamentraian. If parliamentary rights are supper natural, then any member can do any thing or kill any body and go to parliament and seek protection. So all parliament members can be Thugs, Murderers and killers if these rights are entertained. No one is above the LAW. That is simple.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 10:39 PM

    THIS IS A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY - HE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND PARLIAMENT!

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 06:38 AM

    Mr. President, please forgive and forget, resolve this SF issue once and for all, we human beings make mistakes from time to time gravity of which differ from one another. These are painful but teaches good lessons for the future .Taking lessons from the teachings of the founders of all the major religions in the country please pardon SF and let us work together for the betterment of the country and well being of all Sri Lankans forgetting petty politics now that you have an unprecedented mandate .

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 11:47 PM

    Ask him to find his son-in-law first.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 06:49 AM

    Irrespective of the individual concerned, the supremacy of the Parliament should be respected. Mr Speaker , you should act now . Do not allow this bad precedence of the Military to super cede Parliament.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 06:50 AM

    what intelectual contribution can Fonseka make in the parliment -so better to keep him away

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 07:03 AM

    If MR will give a pardon to SF, it is an insult to SF. He does not need MRs pardon. He needs justice from supreme court, thats enough. I personaly feel SF will never accept MRs pardons.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 07:09 AM

    Disgraceful situation in this Banana Republc, Parliament and Military going banana, can imagine what will remain in this country,

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 07:16 AM

    Someone has to know which has more priority. If the courts has it he has to be there regardless of other commitments and vise versa.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 07:17 AM

    what intellectual contributions can any of these elected guys can bring ? but they all have a right as they are elected by the people and all must respect it

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 07:33 AM

    There is the need for the Hon. Speaker to use his influence to ensure that the relevant authorities quickly reach consensus as to the best way this issue should be resolved having regard to the legal and other appropriate considerations. The most pragmatic and easier approach may be to avoid holding court martial proceedings on days the Parliament meets. It would be clearly unwise and counter-productive to create any grounds where the supremacy of the Parliament appears to have been called into question.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 07:35 AM

    Serving the people is the top priority unless he is proved guilty and sentenced.... until proven a person is innocent, since not sentenced up to this time, he has the right to attend parliament sittings. SEEMS LIKE THE MILITARY HAS AN AGENDA OF ITS OWN HERE

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 07:47 AM

    As a citizen of Colombo district the Defense ministry has violated my rights as one of our representatives have been barred from parliament. I believe we as citizens need to safe guard our democratic and constitutional rights.


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