Parliamentarians Premalal Jayasekara and Rishad Bathiudeen were brought to Parliament by the Prison Department a short while ago.
The Sergeant at Arms of Parliament has written to the Secretary to the Ministry of Health, the Director General of Health Services as well as the prison authorities to ensure that Bathiudeen who is in remand custody was brought to Parliament today.
The letter was sent following a decision by Party Leaders to facilitate the MP to attend sittings in keeping with the Parliament (Powers & Privileges) Act.
State Minister of Prison Reforms & Prisoners’ Rehabilitation Sudharshini Fernandopulle said he can attend Parliament only after completing 14 days at a quarantine Centre in keeping with the procedure adapted to keep prisons COVID-19 free.
When Opposition MPs inquired how SLPP MP Premalal Jayasekera who was in prison serving a death sentence was allowed to attend sittings, Jayasekera said that he had been moved out of the prison and kept in quarantine for two weeks before being allowed to attend parliament sittings.