While claiming that the Attorney General had no power to decide on Premalal Jayasekara attending Parliament sittings, Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara said today it should be decided by the Speaker and Parliament.
He told a news conference that the AG can only appear in court on behalf of the plaintiff.
“The AG has said that MP Jayasekara cannot attend Parliament sittings. He has no power to decide that. It should be decided by the Speaker and Parliament. The AG can only appear in court on behalf of the petitioner,” he said responding to a question raised by a journalist.
He said Mr. Jayasekara has filed an appeal against the verdict and added that the verdict is halted after being appealed.
“He is not a convict now. It is decided after the verdict of the Court of Appeal. If he was convicted by the Court of Appeal, then, everything is over,” he said.
Minister Nanayakkara said former MP Duminda Silva, who was convicted, was also allowed to attend Parliament sittings after appealing against the court order. (Ajith Siriwardana)
Comments - 17
Goal Tuesday, 01 September 2020 12:19 AM
What is the verdict of the citizens of the entire country?
Jehan Tuesday, 01 September 2020 12:30 AM
What a ball less politico this mugatiya.
ravin Tuesday, 01 September 2020 12:49 AM
Law of the country? One law one country? Who was supposed to know the law of the country? Over to you professor...............
ChanakaJ Tuesday, 01 September 2020 01:50 AM
Should convicted criminals be allowed to contest in elections or hold office?
Ram Tuesday, 01 September 2020 03:52 AM
Vasu the lawyer who never practiced law now in senile decay is lecturing the AG
Wijebahu Tuesday, 01 September 2020 04:02 AM
Did this guy say the same thing when SF was bared from parliament virtually no offence committed. Bogus leftist has Now become a cheap yes man.
Lanki Tuesday, 01 September 2020 04:08 AM
Cry of a "spent force" politician.
mohamed Sulaiman Tuesday, 01 September 2020 05:09 AM
Why do you politicos want a murderer in the parlimant, just leave him in jail because he needs to ,serve his sentance can you imagine the murderer sitting in parlimant and contemplating another murder,So is it worth disgracing the government when their so many important matters to attend,So please stop fighting for a useless cause,THANK YOU.
Jayasena Tuesday, 01 September 2020 05:46 AM
Unbelievable, In most civilized countries in the world , when someone convicted of any crime loos right to vote . Convicted murderer attending parliament is joke . western world call this is kind of act as "slippery slope" ; once start no way to stop. One prediction , this regime not going to bring SL to next level . God bless Sri Lanka .
Push Tuesday, 01 September 2020 06:22 AM
Does he have that power?
sunil Tuesday, 01 September 2020 07:07 AM
Keep yapping for the next 5 years and turn twist the law of the country to benefit u and your PJP members.
Tom lee Tuesday, 01 September 2020 07:23 AM
Vasudeva as usually talking rubbish, guess age has caught up big time , can you murder people and hide behind parliament , true voters in that area have no brains
Sisil Sudesh Tuesday, 01 September 2020 07:33 AM
What village council gave this fellow a law degree! Once the verdict is given that man is a convict. We can call him innocent only if the appeal finds him not guilty, not before.
Sambo Tuesday, 01 September 2020 07:52 AM
If a normal prisoner is not allowed to vote then how come a criminal on death penalty could sit in parliament as the peoples representative. It is a joke to the world. Then shift the parliament to Welikada as most are un judged criminals.
Dried Pumpkin Tuesday, 01 September 2020 09:51 AM
When was the last time VN practiced law?
Eddie Appathurai Tuesday, 01 September 2020 11:43 AM
Why not the President follow his predecessor and give this guy a Presidential Pardon?
Andare Tuesday, 01 September 2020 04:15 PM
When the Parliament is crowded with MPs facing Court Cases, it does not matter if a MP facing Death Sentence is accommodated in it.
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