November 29, 2022

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Sri Lanka court travel ban won’t bar state minister from traveling abroad-lawyer

ECONOMYNEXT – A court docket vacation ban on Sri Lanka state minister Diana Gamage will not bar her from likely abroad as she has a diplomatic passport, the attorney in a duel citizenship court case said.

Sri Lanka’s most up-to-date constitutional modification has disqualified lawmakers of keeping twin citizenship and the main opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya has been pressing to oust this sort of MPs with duel citizenship from the parliament in line with the most recent modification.

Parliamentarians says there are a variety of lawmakers who have duel citizenship in the recent parliament, but none of them have declared their details nonetheless.

A criticism was filed towards Gamage pertaining to her passport, start certification, and Countrywide Identity Card just lately and primarily based on the complaint the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court docket issued detect to the Legal Investigations Department (CID) to post details on the investigations into the complaint.

The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court yesterday issued an buy directing the Controller-Typical of Immigration and Emigration to prevent Point out Minister Diana Gamage from leaving the region until eventually November 17, with out court authorization.

Colombo Chief Justice of the peace Nandana Amarasinghe barred Gamage using her British passport for 7 times following a ask for created by a group of lawyers led by Senior Counsel Gunaratne Wanninayake.

In a motion supported by an affidavit, the lawyers appearing for the aggrieved social gathering convinced the courtroom that Diana Gamage who experienced attained a Sri Lankan passport after furnishing fake information and facts is scheduling to leave the country within the upcoming handful of days.

The Courtroom has purchased CID to expedite the investigation into a report of first facts filed against Gamage about the complaint on declaring wrong info to the Controller Common of Immigration and Emigration. The investigation comes right after a complaint lodged by social activist Oshala Herath.

Attorney–At–Law Manju Sri Chandrasena, who appeared on behalf of the complainant claimed the SJB as a third party in the ongoing courtroom circumstance of Diana Gamage had submitted a motion, with the current information they have obtained of she employing the British passport to fly abroad.

“Possibly, she can go to the meetings…. making use of her diplomatic passport,” Chandrasena claimed.

If proven, Gamage will be disqualified to be a Member of Parliament.

Former finance minister basil Rajapaksa also held duel citizenship, but he resigned from his MP article in June this 12 months prior to the new amendment was passed very last month.

Gamage, who was not reachable for comments, has rejected the allegations of any wrongdoing.

In a recent push briefing, she reported: “This is my region. This is in which my father was born. This is exactly where I am likely to die. This place has in no way authorized for men and women to serve and get the job done for the region. I can’t be stopped by these allegations.” (Colombo/Nov12/2022)