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The Prisons Department is in a state of perplexity as to allow convicted Premalal Jayasekera alias 'Choka Malli' to attend Parliament proceedings.

Prisons Commissioner and Spokesman Chandana Ekanayake told Daily Mirror that they hope to write to the Secretary to the Justice Ministry on the matter and then arrive at a decision.

“The Attorney General has also told that Premalal Jayasekara has no right to take oaths as an MP. Against this backdrop, we are yet to make a final decision,” he added.

However, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said in Parliament on Friday (28) that he had informed the Prison Commissioner General to allow Jayasekara to attend the next Parliamentary session.

The Attorney General earlier informed the Ministry of Justice that Premalal Jayasekara, who has been issued the death sentence, has no legal right to take oaths as a Member of Parliament.

Meanwhile, prisons sources said Premalal Jayasekera has been admitted to the Prison Hospital over his bad health condition.

Sources said he had been observed by a visiting doctor, who had found several complications in 'Choka Malli' following which he had been admitted to Ward No. 3.

Ratnapura preceding High Court Judge Rohan Jayasuriya on August 1 handed down the death sentence on SLPP MP Premalal Jayasekara and two others upon conviction for murder charges.

However, Jayasekara has filed a petition in the Court of Appeal challenging the verdict given by the High Court. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Parakrama Tuesday, 01 September 2020 04:39 AM

    Why is a convicted murderer a MP. Up to you president and PM. Don’t make Sri Lanka a Joke for the world and Shame us. We the people are disgusted.

    Patriot Tuesday, 01 September 2020 06:25 AM

    He is in death row. It is where he should be.

    sunil Tuesday, 01 September 2020 07:02 AM

    Choka Malli can go to the Presidential commission of inquire for political victimisation and appeal, this is the trend today with Rajapaksha regime

    Sambo Tuesday, 01 September 2020 07:54 AM

    What the hell is this name. Do we have animals also in parliament. Seems like the Dehiwela Zoo.

    Sammy Tuesday, 01 September 2020 09:30 AM

    He is not the only one with criminal background in Parliament today. What about the criminal in death row who was given Presidential pardon.

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 01 September 2020 09:36 AM

    This is the culture of Sinhalese, where they have voted in majority to a convicted murderer. It shows what values and ethics this society has that will never never be seen with citizens of other countries.

    VJ Tuesday, 01 September 2020 09:56 AM

    Sri Lanka a country like no other. People will get leaders they deserve.

    Mark Anandappa Tuesday, 01 September 2020 10:00 AM

    The party should be blamed for Nominating this guy for elections

    Sach Tuesday, 01 September 2020 10:27 AM

    Prabhakaran worshipper talking about someone's culture

    Neville Jayakody Tuesday, 01 September 2020 10:44 AM

    BaffaloaCitizen got it wrong to put a racial tag on to a criminal activity and people's voting pattern, do you believe Tamils are better in their preferences? This is Sri Lankan way of voting as there are only two choices for people either to vote Bad or the worst!

    Andrew Silva Tuesday, 01 September 2020 10:46 AM

    Sambo please don't insult the animals.

    John frazer Tuesday, 01 September 2020 10:46 AM

    This is not surprised our country is run y a group of convicts

    june macapagal Tuesday, 01 September 2020 02:33 PM

    Allowing a murder convicted criminal to enter parliament will not happen in any other country. So this country is setting a record and it should go into the world record books.

    Ram Tuesday, 01 September 2020 03:12 PM

    prisons, Please allow him to attend sittings. He is special to the Royals

    Man Wednesday, 02 September 2020 09:33 AM

    Rajapakshas pardoned Chandana Kasthuriarachchi after killing a UNP supporter. So they will pardon Premalal, Duminda, Pillayan, etc. soon, as it is their culture and liking.


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