“Rajapaksa regime paid for the holidays by Ian Paisley in 2013” – G.L. Peiris “Rajapaksa regime paid for the holidays by Ian Paisley in 2013” – G.L. Peiris
Jul 24, 2018

GL says won’t apologize over Ian Paisley holidays Featured

The then foreign minister Prof. G.L. Peiris says he will not apologize for having brought down Britain’s DUP MP Ian Paisley for two family holidays in 2013 paid for by the Sri Lankan government, over which he faces a 30-day suspension.

Peiris said so at a media briefing at the SLPP head office at Battaramulla yesterday (23).

He said the Rajapaksa regime had brought him down as per a government decision to allow British MPs to gain a firsthand experience in the face of heavy lobbying by pro-LTTE groups against Sri Lanka.

Paisley was given the opportunity to see for himself the development, elections, human rights, democracy in the country following a 30-year war, said Peiris.

Breach of parliamentary rules

However, Paisley is in danger of being forced to stand down as an MP and face a by-election after being found to have breached parliamentary rules by his Sri Lankan holiday.

britishparlimantStandards commissioner found that Mr Paisley breached the House RulesIn a report to the Standards Committee the Standards commissioner found that Mr Paisley breached the House Rules on the following

on paid advocacy (lobbying in return for reward or consideration) by writing to the Prime Minister on 19 March 2014 to lobby against supporting a UN resolution on Sri Lanka. This amounted to asking for an exclusive benefit for Sri Lanka, when he had received personal benefit and hospitality from the Sri Lankan government within the previous twelve months.

breached the House's rules on declaration by failing to declare the personal benefit and hospitality from the Sri Lankan government in his letter to the Prime Minister of 19 March 2014.

breached the House's rules on registration of interests by failing to register within the 28 days agreed by the House the two visits he made to Sri Lanka with family members in March/April 2013 and in July 2013.

 102630072 95426589 ipjIan Paisley said he accepted the decision but took issue with the Daily Telegraph's "sensationalised report".

After considering the report and "the seriousness of this matter" the Standards Committee recommended "that Mr Paisley be suspended from the service of the House for a period of 30 sitting days starting on 4 September 2018".

The claims first appeared in the Daily Telegraph in September 2017.

Mr Paisley said he accepted the decision but took issue with the Daily Telegraph's "sensationalised report".

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