Parliament adjourned following tense situation

Parliament adjourned following tense situation

August 11, 2016   12:52 pm


Parliament proceedings were suspended, a short while ago, due to a tense situation which had prevailed as a result of a protest staged by a group of Joint Opposition members wearing black headbands, sources said.

The protest was staged over the decision to draft legislation to set up an “Office of Missing Persons”, it was reported.

Earlier, the former President alleged that the legislation is meant to be an integral part of the judicial mechanism to deal with allegations of war crimes that the Yahapalana government has undertaken to establish. 

Issuing a statement, he said that if this draft legislation becomes law, every members of parliament who votes for it will be held responsible by the people for betraying the country and the armed forces.