Sri Lanka ruling party MP arrested on Sirisena anniversary

ECONOMYNEXT, Sri Lanka’s police arrested ruling party legislator Hirunika Premachandra in connection with an abduction as President Maithripala Sirisena marked the his first anniversary of assuming office.

Police had sought advise from the attorney general whether to take Premachandra into custody over her alleged involvement in the abduction of a man in Colombo last month.

Her body guards who are said to have carried out the abduction on her behalf are remaining in custody, but Hirunika was granted bail no sooner she was arrested.

Shortly after the abduction, she claimed that she got it done to prevent the break up of a family. The victim was said to be having a clandestine affair with the wife of a man known to Hirunika.

The actions of the ruling party MP has seriously dented the government’s claim of good governance and attempts to end the "white vans" culture, or the abduction of opponents by police or security forces under the Rajapaksa regime.

Hirunika was not in parliamentwhen President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the assembly on his constitutional reform agenda on the first anniversary of assuming office. (COLOMBO, January 9, 2016)

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