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President Sirisena -led SLFP Opposes UNP Leader Wickremesinghe’s Proposal to Strip Civic Rights of Politicians Guilty of Serious Crimes.

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By Saman Indrajith

The SLFP wouldn’t endorse moves to deprive anyone of his or her civic rights, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told Parliament yesterday.

Amaraweera was referring to the recommendation made in the PRECIFAC that section 81 of the Constitution be amended to provde for scrapping civic rights of a politician for life if he or she is found to be guilty of serious crimes.

“The late Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandanaike was stripped of her civic rights unfairly and, therefore, we don’t want to anyone else deprived of his or her civic rights. Wrongdoers can be dealt with by the judiciary” he said.

The minister said Parliament could amend laws to enable the judiciary to take tougher action against wrongdoers.

The Presidential commission on bond issue was never appointed to target the UNP, Amaraweera said. “Many UNPers have said the bond commission was appointed to target the UNP but that was not the case,” he said.

“The bond commission report has stated that scams had taken place from the year 2008 and wrong doers will be dealt with no matter when the robbery of public funds happened,” the minister said.

He said that publishing the presidential commission reports was not a political drama and presidential commission appointed to look into Srilankan and Mihin Lanka would deal with those responsible for ruining the national carrier regardless of their political affiliations.

Courtesy:The Island

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