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By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera

Parliament, Feb. 21 (Daily Mirror)- SLPP MP Rohitha Abeygunawardane said today his privileges have been infringed due to a social media post posted by a woman in Katukurunda, Kalutara and requested the Speaker to bring her before the Privilege Committee.

Raising a privilege issue in Parliament, MP Abeygunawardane said the woman had posted an insulting post in her social media account, stating that he and acting IGP Deshabandu Tennakoon were thieves and should be arrested immediately.

The MP said his privileges, as a Member of Parliament, had been infringed by this post and that it was a threat to his life.

“This post can cause threats to our lives. It is a dangerous situation,” he said.

He said the particular woman had contested the general election in 2015 and is known to him.

He said all 225 MPs must rise against posts of this nature and said it was pointless enacting the Online Safety Act if actions were not taken against such posts.

“It is wrong to accuse us when we have not committed any wrongdoings. People have a right to accuse us if we are at fault. Making false allegations violate not only the rights of the MPs but of all citizens,” he said.

 


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  • sam Wednesday, 21 February 2024 11:11 AM

    Everyone knows this chaps capabilities.

    All Saints Wednesday, 21 February 2024 02:53 PM

    When you take a public office or position you are subject to these allegations. If you are not happy please resign. Besides everyone know both of you are saints.

    Voter Wednesday, 21 February 2024 11:16 AM

    The most honorable man

    Anthony Perera Wednesday, 21 February 2024 11:43 AM

    From Wikipedia: "Abeygunawardena was questioned in September 2008 on allegations of undeclared assets estimated at more than Rs. 450 million. The two officers who were conducting the investigation were later transferred out of the Bribery commission.[6] The Commission of Bribery and Corruption filed a case against Abeygunawardena on 8 January 2016 over undeclared and illegally earned assets worth over Rs 41.1 million.[7] The Director General of the Bribery Commission alleged that the minister made 66 unlawful monetary transactions, constructed a house and purchased a jeep.[8]" 6. "The Sunday Times". 7. "HC commences trial against Rohitha Abeygunawardena". Daily News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. Retrieved 29 November 2019. 8. Sooriyagoda, Lakmal. "HC commences trial against Rohitha Abeygunawardena". Daily News. Retrieved 2019-11-30.

    Mizaru Wednesday, 21 February 2024 11:47 AM

    Sri Lanka went belly up because these fellows looted the country. It is no secret . A cabinet minister is in remand with bail refused. A mastermind in the central bank heist in holdng high office. What more proof.

    Peter Perera Wednesday, 21 February 2024 11:51 AM

    He is not above law.....the authorities must investigate into the charge that the lady has made against those two...if its a wrong charge let the courts decide as what to do....Entire country knows what type of people they are....! Justice should prevail..!!

    Sokrates Wednesday, 21 February 2024 11:52 AM

    A corrupt uneducated crook who began his political career as a minister's driver. A criminal very well known to the Bribery Commission. That such an uneducated criminal proletarian could rise to the position of minister can only happen in Sri Lanka. It can be assumed that the allegations now made against him and Tennakoon are true. Even the new Online Safety Act won't stop people from spreading the truth about such felons.

    Sue for Defamation Wednesday, 21 February 2024 12:05 PM

    Sue for defamation which is not practiced in SL. Seek a few billion dollars if you are innocent unless she has evidences to back up the claims.

    SOME COMMENTS IN HERE DO NOT GO IN HIS FAVOUR Wednesday, 21 February 2024 03:35 PM

    IF HE LOSES HIS CASE, HE MAY HAVE TO PAY HER LEGAL COSTS AND THEN SHE WILL IN TURN SUE HIM FOR MILLIONS, IT WORKS BOTH WAYS.

    Sue for Defamation if Confident Not Guilty Wednesday, 21 February 2024 10:33 PM

    If everyone being accused without evidence start suing, it will stop unnecessary accusations. Currently most politicians are being accused of being corrupted. But so far no concrete evidence produced to bring them to court. Just making coffee shop talk!

    Sambo Wednesday, 21 February 2024 01:18 PM

    Know the people know who the you are. When facts are stated you will have to accept them and don't carry your parliamentary privileges even to bed at night. Soon those will all be gone.

    Ima Wednesday, 21 February 2024 01:19 PM

    Even earlier there was a complaint similar to this against abegunawardena, and he was summoned by the CID, but he managed to avoid appearing by producing medical certificate on snake bite,

    Ima Wednesday, 21 February 2024 01:19 PM

    Even earlier there was a complaint similar to this against abegunawardena, and he was summoned by the CID, but he managed to avoid appearing by producing medical certificate on snake bite,

    Ima Wednesday, 21 February 2024 01:19 PM

    Even earlier there was a complaint similar to this against abegunawardena, and he was summoned by the CID, but he managed to avoid appearing by producing medical certificate on snake bite,

    Chryshan Wednesday, 21 February 2024 01:26 PM

    Stop robbing so that nobody will talk about it. Declare your assets and prove how you obtained it and whether taxes paid accordingly.

    Anthony. R Wednesday, 21 February 2024 01:30 PM

    Sure there's no smoke without fire, so over to the authorities to be investigated . Good luck

    Nimal Wednesday, 21 February 2024 01:33 PM

    These guys deserve all the insults they can get from the people of this nation.

    joshua Wednesday, 21 February 2024 01:49 PM

    What privileges for these fellows? Everybody knows the calibre of the politicians in this country. BTW thank You Anthony Perera for refreshing our memories. May be the Minister can read those and remember where he belongs.

    CITIZEN Wednesday, 21 February 2024 01:52 PM

    Best Joke of the day.. Why your nickname call 'Rathran" during 1970's,? What privileges you have my a... , you are a number one criminal chain breaker in the train during 1970's, in Kalutara, wait till next election comes will see where your privilege's will goes,

    Golden Chimes Wednesday, 21 February 2024 01:55 PM

    When we consider the threats of all sorts caused by these morons to all citizens of this country, socially and economically, this parliament cannot continue.

    Gayantha Hemachandra Wednesday, 21 February 2024 02:25 PM

    People in this godforsaken country voted guys like him to be their representatives in parliament. Now the bloke is asking so called Speaker or Spoiler chap to bring a particular voter to a committee in order to grill her. In civilised parts of the world and in developed parliamentary democracies, those lowly dramas never happen. I think our voters should educate themselves not to elect rogues, thugs and gold chains robbers to so called parliament as their representatives.

    Andare Wednesday, 21 February 2024 02:57 PM

    Oh , this is RATHARAN talking. Just ignore him.

    Onlooker Wednesday, 21 February 2024 03:11 PM

    Why use parliamentary privileges on a matter not connected to it. Go for a civil suit and see the outcome. You are scared as more things might come out.

    Pathmaranjan Perera Wednesday, 21 February 2024 03:14 PM

    Everyone knows who is Rohitha Bogollagama.

    Citizens Wednesday, 21 February 2024 03:47 PM

    If what she says is untrue then prove it! File a case against her for deformation of character but watch out cos she may have evidence!

    Buddhist Wednesday, 21 February 2024 05:34 PM

    Isn't there a police record saying he snatched a chain on a train?

    Kps Wednesday, 21 February 2024 06:28 PM

    Rohitha , the Nature has initiated to punish. This is called retribution. What goes around, what comes around. So get ready.


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