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Sri Lanka 's Parliament suspended after uproar over jailed lawmaker
Associated Press, Wed December 8, 2004 03:07 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) A session of Sri Lanka's parliament was twice suspended Wednesday after uproars erupted when opposition lawmakers urged the speaker to allow a jailed senior lawmaker to attend the meeting. Lawmakers in Sri Lanka who have been jailed because they are suspects in a crime are normally allowed out of prison to attend parliament. However, this is the first time a legislator who has been convicted of a crime has tried to take part in the assembly.

Opposition lawmakers Wednesday asked the assembly speaker to instruct prison authorities to bring Dissanayake to parliament.

``The laws don't specify that he cannot take his seat in parliament,'' Mahinda Wijesekera, a legislator of the main opposition United National Front, told the assembly.

But ruling party lawmakers opposed the move and started shouting protests against it.

Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara briefly suspended the meeting and said he would consult with the attorney general on the matter.

He tried to reconvene the session about an hour later, but the meeting was again suspended after lawmakers ran off with the staff that symbolically suspends debate. The object was later returned.

Wijesekera also requested a presidential pardon for Dissanayake, who cannot appeal and cannot contest any election for at least seven years after his sentence is completed.
Published: Wed Dec 8 04:28:15 EST 2004

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Families in uncleared areas flee due to Wanni LTTE threats
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, December 8, 2004 05.26 p.m. Nearly 40 families living in LTTE held areas in Vakaneri have vacated their homes and arrived at a school close to the cleared areas for shelter, due to the Wanni LTTE threats.

Military spokesman Brigadier Daya Ratnayake said that civilians have reported to the security that LTTE Wanni faction had threatened civilians to vacate un-cleared areas of Andankulam and Kaddukulam during past few days, claiming those people were Karuna sympathizers. Few families managed to enter cleared areas through Mankerni Entry/Exit point, he said.
Published: Wed Dec 8 06:26:11 EST 2004 Back to the top

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NGO vehicle arrested with mines
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, December 8, 2004 05.25 p.m. A Land Cruiser jeep, belonged to a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), engaged in humanitarian de-mining in war hit areas is reported to have been taken into custody by the security forces while it was transporting five mines without obtaining prior permission at Kodikamam in Jaffna.

Military Sources said, “the vehicle (WPHH 0608) belonging to a NGO, engaged in humanitarian de-mining was carrying four personnel mines and one M 72 landmine without a permit when the vehicle was taken into custody”.
Published: Wed Dec 8 06:25:39 EST 2004 Back to the top

War fears rise as Sri Lanka beefs up security, Wed 8th December. Fears that Sri Lanka may be drifting back to war mounted Tuesday amid sporadic violence, a day after the government vowed to strengthen its military to meet any security threat... Back to the top

Workers brace for worst blow in textile trade, THE INDEPENDENT
Associated Press, Wed December 8, 2004 09:30 EST . - - Real problems are probably in mid-2006 and mid-2007... Back to the top

No Pak support for Lankan Tamil separatism, Wed 8th December. Pakistan does not support Tamil separatism in Sri Lanka, and stands for the unity and integrity of that country, Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner Iftar Hussain Andrabi told Hindustan Times here on Tuesday... Back to the top

Victims Provide Details on Saudi Attack
Associated Press, Tue December 7, 2004 17:59 EST . FAIZA SALEH AMBAH - Associated Press Writer - The five slain consulate employees were from Yemen, Sudan, the Philippines, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

It s time a South Asian became the UN Secy Gen, says Lanka, dec 7. COLOMBO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Supreme Court sentenced a leading opposition MP to two years rigorous imprisonment on Tuesday for making derogatory statements about judges, court officials said... Back to the top

`Where are the Americans?' attackers shouted as they stormed into compound in Saudi Arabia
Associated Press, Tue December 7, 2004 15:37 EST . FAIZA SALEH AMBAH - Associated Press Writer - The five slain consulate employees were from Yemen, Sudan, the Philippines, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Warrants issued against Ranatunga, Ibrahim Ahmed :, Wed 8th December. A local court today issued bailable warrants against former Sri Lanka cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga and ICC match referee Ibrahim Ahmed of Zimbabwe for their alleged role in the cancellation of a one-day match between India and Sri Lanka scheduled to be played here on December 25, 1997... Back to the top

Report: Tamil Tiger rebels' office in eastern Sri Lanka attacked
Associated Press, Tue December 7, 2004 01:25 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Unidentified assailants hurled grenades at a Tamil Tiger rebel office in eastern Sri Lanka - on Tuesday, causing some damage but no casualties, police and a pro-rebel Web site said... Back to the top

Tirumavalavan says he visited Jaffna to meet LTTE leaders :, Dec 6 . Tamil Nadu, India > Madurai, Dalit Panthers of India leader T Tirumavalavan today disclosed that he had recently visited 'Eelam' (Tamil-dominated areas in Sri Lanka) to "salute that land"... Back to the top

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