Chief Opposition Whip Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella has requested the President to pardon protesters instead of taking legal action against them.
Speaking in Parliament during today’s adjournment debate on the government’s policy statement, MP Kiriella said cases should not be filed against individuals who committed minor wrongdoings during protests.
The MP said pictures are published in the newspapers daily of youth being arrested, and questioned if taking legal action against them is justified.
He claimed former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa vacated his post, because the youth were right in engaging in protests.
MP Kiriella called on the government to focus on new beginnings and to refrain from taking legal action against the youth.
The Parliamentarian however said they will not condone houses being burnt, including murders adding that eating a banana, consuming alcohol, and lying on a bed at the President’s House are not punishable offences.
Meanwhile, MP Kiriella questioned why conditions put forth by the International Monetary Fund are not being presented in Parliament.
He said discussions are being held pertaining to a Staff Level Agreement yet no statement has been revealed in this regard adding that Parliament too can contribute if they are aware of the matters being discussed.
MP Kiriella said Sri Lanka has USD 1.8 billion in foreign reserves with half of the sum in Yuan and only 300 million in US dollars.
He noted that Sri Lanka requires USD 500 million monthly for expenses and USD 5 billion annually in order to pay off debt.