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Culprits on May 9 should be punished – Kiriella

The law should be met with those culprits who committed the heinous acts against the lives of the Parliamentarians, caused physical and mental pain, damaged property on May 9, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella said in Parliament yesterday.

He also said that he was shocked to see the mass destruction caused to the properties of the Parliamentarians, local government representatives and the public and the death and the pains of mind caused to the victims on May 9, on the television and in social media. He added that although they argue, and debate loudly and long, the members in the Government side and Opposition side are not rivals but friends.

He made these observations joining the Adjournment Motion on its third day, which demanded a Special Parliament Select Committee be appointed to investigate the tragic incident that brought death to nine including one Parliamentarian and devastated movable and immovable property of nearly 80 Parliamentarians.

“One cannot evaluate the value of houses financially because they are connected with sweet memories. Some of them were those inherited from their parents, and grandparents. The residences of Leader of the House, Chief Government Whip and many other members including Keheliya Rambukwella, which was one of the most beautiful houses in the district that he built even before he was elected to Parliament. These heinous acts were of those thieves, burglars and robbers,” he said.

He said that the 20th Amendment to the Constitution reversed the 19th Amendment and gave all the Prime Minister’s powers to the President. He added that although the people said one slogan it was Mahinda Rajapaksa who had to go home.

MP Kiriella said that the protest was peaceful and was attracted the international attention as well. “But it was interrupted by the Temple Trees for the first time,” he said.

He also said that this country is bankrupt by now and added that although we say Parliament has the control over the public finance, the country is bankrupt while we are being members.


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