The punishment given to Ranjan was harsh. No other country in the world has given such a punishment! - Kiriella

The punishment given to Ranjan was harsh. No other country in the world has given such a punishment! - Kiriella

29 July 2021 10:50 am

Former Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake has been sentenced by the Supreme Court for contempt of court. Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella says that the sentence given to Ramanayake is severe and that no other country in the world has given such a severe punishment for such an offense.

There is a myth in the country that court judgments cannot be criticized. But judgments can be criticized. You can do it inside Parliament, you can do it here too. That's not a mistake. But we can't say things like the judges took bribes. Things like bribery cannot be ruled out. We do not say those. What we say is that the verdict is too harsh, and it is a lenient sentence. We showed a number of examples from around the world, no other country has given such a punishment, ”he said.

Lakshman Kiriella was responding to a question raised by a journalist at a media briefing held at the office of the Leader of the Opposition yesterday (28).