Namal defends Speaker’s decision to appoint Premalal Jayasekara as MP

September 8, 2020 at 4:22 PM

The Speaker of the house has not violated the constitution by allowing MP Premalal Jayasekera to take oaths and attend Parliament, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Namal Rajapaksa said.

The Minister Tweeted that it was not a violation of the Constitution as the decision was made in keeping with the judgement given by the Court of Appeal a few days ago.

Premala Jayasekara was sentenced to death in July over a shooting incident that took place in Kahawatte in the lead up to the 2015 Presidential Elections.

The MP who was earlier prevented from attending Parliament sittings, took oaths as a member of Parliament today following a Court order issued in this regard.

However, strong objections were raised over his oaths ceremony, with Samagi Jana Balawegaya MPs donning black scarfs and staging a walk out during today’s Parliament session. (NewsWire)