Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka ruling party MP Premalal Jayasekara, who in March 2022 was acquitted of a murder conviction and released from a death sentence, has been sworn in as State Minister of Ports & Aviation.
Jayaseakra was sworn in before President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday September 12, the president’s media division (PMD) said in a statement.
Jayasekara and two others were convicted of murder and sentenced to death in August 2020 over a shooting incident in 2015 but were acquitted and released on March 31, 2022, by the Court of Appeal.
The MP is the 38th state minister appointed by President Wickremesinghe, the first after 37 appointments made last Thursday September 08 drawing much criticism from the opposition and civil society.
The Human Rights Watch said that same evening that the appointment of the new state ministers, three of whom are implicated in serious rights abuses, is an “alarming indication” that President Wickremesinghe’s new administration is not committed to protecting human rights.
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With prospects of an all-party government in crisis-hit Sri Lanka looking increasingly dim, MPs largely representing the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) were appointed by President Wickremesinghe to his SLPP-led government.
Jayasekara, the latest appointee, also represents the SLPP. (Colombo/Sep12/2022)