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Sri Lankan convict on demise row for homicide sworn in as MP amid heckles from opposition (VIDEO)

Sri Lankan convict on death row for murder sworn in as MP amid heckles from opposition (VIDEO)

A person who was sentenced to execution for homicide has turn into the primary convict to take up a seat within the Sri Lankan parliament. A lot of different legislators walked out in protest as he took the oath of workplace.

Premalal Jayasekara was escorted from jail to parliament after a courtroom dominated that he might take up his MP seat and return after the day’s session, the AFP reported. Opposition lawmakers heckled because the 45-year-old took the oath, whereas a number of of them staged a walkout.

The politician, from the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna get together (SLPP), was convicted a month in the past of murdering an opposition activist after opening fireplace at a stage being arrange by a rival get together in January 2015. The Ratnapura Excessive Court docket discovered him responsible on expenses of taking pictures lifeless one particular person and injuring two others.

His conviction and sentence got here after the nominations for the August 5 ballot, and he was in a position to contest the election.

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The brand new parliament held its first session on 20 August, however jail authorities refused to let him out. On Monday, nonetheless, the courtroom of enchantment dominated that he might train his rights as an MP.
Jayasekara has additionally appealed in opposition to his conviction and the demise sentence. Nobody has been executed since 1976 in Sri Lanka.

He isn’t the one legislator to be escorted from jail to parliament within the nation, although. Former Japanese Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, who was elected to parliament within the August election and is awaiting trial for homicide, is being introduced in for legislative periods.

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