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While alleging that the arrest of MP Patali Champika Ranawaka was illegal and an act of political victimisation, the UNP today said the Party is currently having discussions on the steps to be taken with regard to the arrest.

UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told a press conference that his party will take several steps against what he called political victimisation. “We are currently discussing the steps which we should take against this suppression of opponents by the government, especially in a situation where a number of other opposition MPs are also facing a threat of arrests,” Mr. Kariyawasam said.

Meanwhile, UNP MP Ashu Marasinghe said he had already sent a written complaint to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya stating that MP Ranawaka's parliamentary privileges have been violated as a result of the arrest.

“Police officers who had come to arrest Mr. Ranawaka had informed the Deputy Speaker about the arrest only after the former inquired from them whether they have sought the Speaker’s permission for it,” Professor Marasinghe had said in his written complaint.

Also, he had requested the Speaker to carry out an investigation on the arrest. (Yohan Perera)


  Comments - 7

  • Irshad Thursday, 19 December 2019 11:43 PM

    Ask the youth who was caught in the accident and let him say to you about the real victimization.

    Rahul Fernando Friday, 20 December 2019 02:30 AM

    So sorry we don't have people who can bend,break, make law!!!

    Channa Friday, 20 December 2019 03:02 AM

    That means Akila knows many of his colleagues should be behind the bars.

    cheers Friday, 20 December 2019 04:47 AM

    Mate where were you when UNP and Ranil called Gota, Wimal, Mahinda and the tri forces commanders. IGP and also war heroes to the cell. Now you know what happens

    Max Friday, 20 December 2019 07:20 AM

    Your previous regime was so impartial. Ya we can remember

    Jayanath Friday, 20 December 2019 07:52 AM

    These bastards never went to see the permanently paralyzed injured boy. But Their hearts melted when they heard arrest of bloody bastard Champika and they all run to him. Suckers we will teach you a even a better lesson in upcoming general election!

    Tissa De Silva Friday, 20 December 2019 08:15 AM

    MP's who are supposed to represent the people, are not entitled to privileges at the expense of the people. The law should be the same for all. Must congratulate the Police and the Justice system for carrying out Justice for Champika as any other person would have faced. Police need not inform the Speaker. In is some privilege drafted by the MPs jst as their Lunch from 5 star hotel.

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