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Parliament, Jan 09 (Daily Mirror) - The Attorney General has informed Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena that Members of Parliament can be suspended for a maximum of three months if they are found guilty of any offence.

Speaker Abeywardena announced that the Attorney General had come up with this conclusion after he had sought his advice on penalizing MPs for wrongdoings.

“The Attorney General has come up with this conclusion after considering Sections 66 and 67 of the Parliamentary Privileges Act No. 21 of 1953, Section 16 (1) of the Criminal Procedure and Standing Orders 77(1), 77(2) and 77(3). As per the conclusion by the Attorney General any MP could be suspended for a period ranging from one to three months if found guilty of any offence,” the Speaker announced.

Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella who responded said the Attorney General has no right to advise the Speaker. Also, he questioned why the recommendations made by the special committee which was appointed to look into the conduct of State Minister Diana Gamage, MPs Rohana Bandara and Sujith Sanjaya Perera were not accepted by the Speaker. 

Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa also raised the same question.

The Speaker who responded said he has the right to make his own decisions. 

“Kindly respect the rights of the Speaker,” he said.


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  • ANTON Tuesday, 09 January 2024 11:45 AM

    WONDER WHY NO ONE IS GUILTY UPTO NOW.

    ANTON Tuesday, 09 January 2024 03:49 PM

    CHANGE THE LAWS SO MPS ARE SUSPENDED FOR LIFE FROM HOLDING OFFICE IF FOUND GUILTY OF ANY OFFENCE. ALSO, STRIP ANY RIGHT TO A GOVT, PENSION.

    Johann Wednesday, 10 January 2024 06:00 AM

    It's time the bum sucking Speaker is suspended. Joker..

    Alex Tuesday, 09 January 2024 12:13 PM

    Only three months???

    Waco Tuesday, 09 January 2024 12:31 PM

    MPs are not employees of thr Government. They appointed by the People or Party. Therefore the respective party leaders must take necessary disciplinary actions against the ,including them to resign from the post.

    City Tuesday, 09 January 2024 12:33 PM

    Ha ha ha. New year wishes for citizens. Just a joke. Take it easy.

    Puswadilla Wednesday, 10 January 2024 11:41 AM

    Poor fella, he’s trying to make a practical joke for the new year.

    Wimalasiri Weerawansa Tuesday, 09 January 2024 01:24 PM

    Then Mr. Speaker against 95% of Potuwa (SLPP) henchman you must take action as they are robbers (looters). Let us see whether you will take action.

    Jude Samarasekera Tuesday, 09 January 2024 01:26 PM

    Court ruled out Mahinda, Gota and Basil as robbers what action did you take Mr. Speaker?

    Too rich for benefits Wednesday, 10 January 2024 04:25 PM

    Good question. Why not strip them of all civil rights, including Pension and fringe benefits given to our Parliamentarians? In fact, none of them need any of as they are too rich to wait for these benefits.

    Ram Tuesday, 09 January 2024 01:55 PM

    Speaker has the right to make his own decisions. Yes. Why did you appoint a committee to look into the issue and wasted time and public money on this issue?

    SLEx Tuesday, 09 January 2024 04:44 PM

    Investigating an issue asking for recommendations, and implementing recommendations are different. The latter is up to the speaker, the former is up to the committee. Improve your comprehension skills before arguing.

    Rod Tuesday, 09 January 2024 02:35 PM

    Excellent moove get rid of bad apples Genuine Reforms to take the country Forward majority suffering due to misleading corruption bribery etc etc...if tough Law

    C Fernando Wednesday, 10 January 2024 08:55 AM

    They are not getting rid of the bad apples. Only suspending them for 4 months. They will be back.

    Banda Tuesday, 09 January 2024 05:55 PM

    This speaker in the parliament is just a Rajapakda puppet. He has no conscience or respect. People must condemn his shameless behavior without any hesitation.He doesn't possess the qualities needed to be a speaker.

    Karu Tuesday, 09 January 2024 06:44 PM

    In other words, MPs can commit any offence and be assured of getting back to this parliament in just 3 months. No other laws seem to apply to them. The Worst ever speaker of any parliament up to now!

    NV Jen Tuesday, 09 January 2024 07:06 PM

    Seriously? What about the gold

    Ganesh Tuesday, 09 January 2024 10:00 PM

    When a common man commits an offense law is upheld to fullest extent. However, when MP and other privileged people the justice truly turns a blind eye. It’s a disgrace to the judiciary and the land.

    Roger Halliday Wednesday, 10 January 2024 07:40 AM

    We are told that there are many who have been convicted maybe you don't know. For of fences like bribes?

    Justin Saparamadu Wednesday, 10 January 2024 09:01 AM

    These Pin Gonas must be suspended forever - not allow to get any pension or government benefit! Wonder PUL law book in Siri Langa! We mustt close the law college first to develop this country!

    No. Poi ellam Unmai Wednesday, 10 January 2024 11:38 AM

    Speaker you are talking only nothing is taking place. How about Sanath Nishantha? What action you took against him? There are so many including Jonny

    DJ Wednesday, 10 January 2024 01:23 PM

    Tha biggest Joke.


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