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Parliamentary privileges are not a cloak for criminal behavior: Transparency International

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Updated: 12:06 GMT, Nov 20, 2018 | Published: 09:38 GMT, Nov 20, 2018 |
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The Transparency International Sri Lanka highlighted that in law, parliamentary privileges are not a cloak for criminal behavior said any action of assault can give cause for legal proceedings to be initiated against a Member of Parliament.

The anti-corruption watchdog called on the President, the Speaker, the Chief Whips, party leaders and all members of parliament to ensure that steps are taken to hold offenders to account and deter the recurrence of such behavior.

The Director of Transparency International, Sri Lanka, Ashokopa Obeysekera, pointed out the above in a statement.

Obeyesekere added, “We are yet to see any action taken by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption regarding the complaint filed by TISL over allegations of bribery of members of parliament. We are mindful that complacency on the part of Law enforcement agencies will cause irreparable harm to public faith in the rule of law and the institutions of democracy”.

TISL calls on the President, the Speaker, the Chief Whips, party leaders and all members of parliament to ensure that steps are taken to hold offenders to account and deter the recurrence of such behavior.

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