Murderer on death row sworn in as Sri Lankan MP

A Sri Lankan baby-kisser sentenced to loss of life for homicide has been escorted from jail to parliament to develop into the primary convict to be sworn in as an MP, amid heckles from the opposition.

Premalal Jayasekara, 45, from the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna celebration (SLPP), was once convicted in August of murdering an opposition activist after opening fireplace at a 2015 election rally. As his conviction and sentence got here after nominations for the five August ballot, he was once ready to contest the election and soak up his seat.

When the brand new parliament held its first consultation on 20 August jail government refused to let him out, however he petitioned the court docket of enchantment, which on Monday dominated he will have to be escorted from jail to workout his rights as an MP.

Opposition lawmakers dressed in black shawls in protest heckled as Jayasekara took the oath, and several other staged a walkout. He’s to be escorted again to jail after the day’s consultation.

Opposition legislators wear black shawls in parliament

Opposition MPs put on black shawls in parliament in protest as Premalal Jayasekara, unseen, takes the oath. Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty

In January 2015, Jayasekara, who has been an MP since 2001, opened fireplace at a degree being arrange for an election match by way of a rival celebration, killing one individual. He has appealed in opposition to his conviction and the loss of life sentence.

Even if Sri Lanka arms down loss of life sentences, nobody has been carried out since 1976.

Jayasekara isn’t the one legislator to be escorted from jail to parliament in Sri Lanka. Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, the previous Japanese Province leader minister elected to parliament within the August election and waiting for trial for homicide, is introduced in for legislative classes.

Brushes with the regulation aren’t any bar to a profession in politics in South Asia. Greater than 40% of lawmakers in India’s parliament face legal fees, some as critical as homicide and rape, in step with the Indian NGO the Affiliation of Democratic Reforms, an electoral reform crew.

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