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Move Ranjan Ramanayake to a secure facility near Colombo to ensure his safety… Opposition Leader urges Government

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa has urged the Government to move Ramanayake to a secure facility near Colombo to ensure his safety. He made this request to the government while speaking to the press after his visit to Agunukolapelessa prison on Monday, February 22 to meet and inquire about the well-being of his Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) colleague.

He said: “MP Ramanayake was imprisoned after being found guilty of having committed the offence of contempt of court by the Supreme Court last month. Detaining Ranjan Ramanayake here at Agunukolapelessa has put his life in danger. I understood this when I met him. The information I received indicates that his life is in danger. If anything happens to Ramanayake or he loses his life, the Government will be held responsible for it. Ramanayake who advocated strong action against drug traffickers was being jailed together with convicted traffickers.

There is a possibility that Ramanayake’s life may be threatened by some of the inmates at Agunukolapelessa prison. The legal position regarding MP Ramanayake has been communicated to the General Secretary of the Parliament by the Appeals Court.

It is now the responsibility of the Speaker to make arrangements for Ramanayake to attend Parliament. In spite of the repeated requests by me and other Opposition MPs, Speaker has failed to address the matter of making necessary arrangements for MP Ramanayake to attend Parliament sessions. I believe, Premalal Jayasekera has been given permission to attend Parliament session on Tuesday, but not Ranjan Ramanayake. I see this as an unfair practice. Two MPs who were elected by their constituents are being treated in two different ways. The Speaker has no moral grounds to treat these two different.

We call on the Government to move Ramanayake to a secure facility near Colombo to ensure his safety.”

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