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Sri Lanka Swears-In Convicted Murderer As MP

Premalal Jayasekara, a Sri Lankan politician who has been sentenced to death for murder, was escorted out of prison on Tuesday to take his oath as a Member of Parliament.

Jayasekera was sentenced on 31st of July 2020, for killing an opposition activist after opening fire at an election rally in January 2015.

The 45-year-old’s conviction and sentence came after nominations for the August 5 poll and was absent when the current parliament held its first session on August 20 because the prison authorities refused to let him out.

He had filed a petition in the Court of Appeal that he should be allowed to exercise his right.

The Court of Appeal on Monday granted his prayer and issued an order directing the Prison authorities to allow him to attend Parliament.

Jayasekara who became the first convicted murderer to serve as an MP in Sri Lanka will be escorted back to prison after the day’s session.

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