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Death row MP elected to Parliament: Court approval required to attend sessions

3 years ago

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By Skandha Gunasekara Convicted Parliamentarian Premalal Jayasekara could attend parliamentary sessions only upon court approval, The Morning reliably learnt. Parliament Deputy Secretary General and Chief of Staff Neil Iddawela said that the incarcerated Parliamentarian must first make a request from Parliament as well as the judiciary. “He must first make a request from us as well as from the courts. Upon approval, he will be allowed to attend parliamentary sittings.” He went on to say that it would be up to the court on how the Parliamentarian is allowed to attend. “Whether he’s given bail or otherwise will depend on the court, which will in turn decide if he is escorted by an armed guard as done with those in prison.”

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