Aug 31, 2020

Premalal Jayasekara can’t swear in as MP - AG

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

The Attorney General informed the Justice Ministry of the matter based on an inquiry made by the Ministry, following a request made by Premalal Jayasekara who was elected to Parliament from the Ratnapura District at the recently concluded General Election, to the Department of Prisons.

Jayasekara had requested the Prisons Department to allow him to take oaths as a MP, after being elected to Parliament.

The Prisons Department had then directed the request to the Justice Ministry, following which the subject Ministry sought the advice of the Attorney General in this regard.

Speaking to NewsRadio a high ranking officer of the Prisons Department said the Attorney General had directed a letter in response, quoting provisions in the Constitution pertaining to the disqualifications to be a voter or Parliamentarian.

The Department added the Attorney General had therefore pointed out that Premalal Jayasekara cannot take oaths as a MP.

Meanwhile Speaker of House Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana informed Parliament on Friday that he informed the Prisons Department to escort Premalal Jayasekara to Parliament, in order to take oaths as a Parliamentarian.

However, Commissioner General of Prisons Thushara Upuldeniya speaking to NewsRadio said he was not informed of the matter in writing by Parliament thus far.

Upuldeniya said he will seek advice from the Justice Ministry in this regard after Parliament informs him of the matter in writing.

Premalal Jayasekara and two other defendants were recently issued the death sentence by the Ratnapura High Court, over shooting and killing an opposition activist during the 2015 Presidential Election period.


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