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* Government minister calls on Speaker to protect General Fonseka's privileges as a MP
Wed, May 5, 2010, 07:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Housing and Construction Minister Wimal Weerawansa Wednesday (05) told parliament that as a Member of Parliament, Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader and parliamentarian General (Retd.) Sarath Fonseka had rights like other parliamentarians and as such his rights should be protected.

Weerawansa urged the Speaker of parliament to protect General Fonseka's parliamentary privileges by allowing him to attend parliament.

He said that regardless of the political views held by General Fonseka, as a parliamentarian he should be allowed to attend sessions.

"Regardless of the political views held by him or the doubts of whether the country would in fact enjoy the kind of democracy he is now talking of, General Fonseka should be allowed to attend parliament," he said.

DNA parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake earlier informed parliament that General Fonseka has not been permitted to attend parliamentary sessions in order to attend a court martial, which he claimed was scheduled even after being informed of the parliamentary sessions scheduled for today. He said it was a breach of General Fonseka's parliamentary privileges.



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