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* Sri Lanka PM says he is labelled a drug dealer after proposing the setting up of Sangha courts
Tue, Dec 24, 2013, 10:22 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 24, Colombo: Prime Minister of Sri Lanka D.M. Jayaratne has said that he is being labelled a drug dealer after he had proposed the setting up of Sangha courts.

Jayaratne said at an event in Udahamulla that he had proposed the setting up of two Sangha Adhikaranas (courts) and now he is being labelled a drug dealer.

The Prime Minister noted that he has been labelled a drug dealer by some members of the Buddhist clergy after he had proposed action against errant Buddhist monks.

Explaining that some Buddhist monks had sought his help against the increasing number of monks who are acting against the Buddhist principles, the PM said there are now Buddhist monks serving prison terms and even some who claim of reaching higher states of being like "arhath".

The PM was blamed for not taking action against one of his coordinating secretaries who had written a letter on behalf of a friend businessman to get a container full of heroin released from the Customs.

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