The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is seeking a comprehensive report from the Secretary General of Parliament Ms Priyani Wijesekera on the imprisoned UNP heavyweight S. B. Dissanayake.
UNP MP Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena yesterday said that the Geneva-based IPU`s Human Rights Committee was investigating Dissanayake`s plight. The former SLFP Gen. Secretary serving a two-year term of rigorous imprisonment recently completed nine months behind the bars.
He had been warded at the Merchants Ward of the National Hospital for several months on the advice of his medical staff.
The IPU action comes in the backdrop of Jayawardena making representations to the Human Rights Committee in Geneva and Manila. Dissanayake`s case is expected to be taken up at the forthcoming IPU sessions in Geneva.
Dissanayake is on record saying that he would be pardoned after the forthcoming presidential election.
Dissanayake says he would be free irrespective of the outcome of the poll likely in November. Premier Mahinda Rajapakse is contesting UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. Dissanayake`s brother Saliya Bandara recently met Rajapakse fuelling speculation that SB was making a fresh move, a claim vehemently denied by him.
UNP MP Milinda Moragoda took up Dissanayake`s case with President Chandrika Kumaratunga several months ago. Subsequently his wife, Tamara and colleagues, Mahinda Wijesekara and Rajitha Seneratne wrote to Kumaratunga seeking an urgent meeting.