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Diana’s citizenship issue : petitioner questions UK’s response to CID’s request for assistance

Civil society activist Oshala Herath yesterday (05) said he would move the Supreme Court soon against the dismissal of a case seeking disqualification of SJB MP Diana Gamage over a citizenship issue.The Court of Appeal dismissed the case filed by the defeated Colombo district UNP candidate, in a majority decision last week. Justice K.K.A.V. Swarnadhipathi agreed with the President of the Court of Appeal Nissanka Bandula Karunarathna to dismiss the case, whereas Justice M.A. R. Marikkar offered a different opinion.

Justice Marikkar stated that the petitioner had produced sufficient material to show that State Minister Gamage had not secured Sri Lankan citizenship and/or renounced her British citizenship. As against the documents and the material produced by the petitioner, the State Minister had failed to prove that she was a citizen of Sri Lanka, Justice Marikkar stressed.

The SJB accommodated Gamage on its National List (NL) following the last general election. She is one of the seven SJB NL members who have switched their allegiance to President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Justice Marikkar has pointed out that it was the duty of the State Minister to prove her citizenship rather than challenging the petitioner’s position. He stressed that the petitioner had proved a prima facie case against the State Minister, and as such, he could not agree with the decision of the CA President.

Herath told The Island that he would appeal to the Supreme Court primarily on the basis of dissenting views expressed by Justice Marikkar.

Herath said that the British government had declined to assist relevant authorities in ascertaining the State Minister’s citizenship. Referring to a document submitted to court by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in March this year, Herath said that the law enforcement authorities through the Justice Ministry and Foreign Ministry had sought the UK’s assistance in terms of bilatral agreement in this regard but failed at least to receive a response. (SF)



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“Operation ‘Yukthiya’ will persist despite pressure” – Minister of Public Security

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Minister of Public Security, Mr. Tiran Alles, attending a news conference held at the Presidential Media Centre today (21) under the theme ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country’.emphasized his unwavering commitment to continue operations aimed at suppressing drugs, tackling the underworld and preventing violence against women and children, regardless of any pressure encountered.

Furthermore, Minister Alles disclosed that operation ‘Yukthiya’, which commenced on December 17, has resulted in the seizure of narcotics valued at Rs. 7.8 billion and assets including vehicles and buildings confiscated by law enforcement amount to Rs. 725 million. . A total of 58,562 raids have been conducted, leading to the arrest of 58,234 individuals involved in illicit activities.

 

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SLNS Samudura leaves for Maldives to take part in Exercise Dosti – XVI

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Sri Lanka Naval Ship (SLNS) Samudura left for the Maldives from the port of Colombo on Tuesday (20)  to take part in Exercise Dosti – XVI. The trilateral exercise ‘Dosti’ is scheduled to be held in Male from 22nd to 25th February.

The trilateral exercise ‘Dosti’ aims to enhance cooperation, strengthen friendship, improve mutual operational capability, and develop interoperability among the Coast Guard personnel of India, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

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“Sri Lankan unity paves the way for rapid national development” – President

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Sri Lanka’s Chief Scout, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his address at the 10th National Scout Jamboree held at the Koneswara Hindu Vidyalaya Stadium in Trincomalee this morning (21), underscored the potential of Sri Lankans to steer the nation towards rapid development and fortify its security for future generations through unified efforts.

The President highlighted that participation in the National Scout Jamboree transcends divisions of caste and religion. He articulated that unity among Sri Lankans, spanning from the North to the South and from Colombo to Trincomalee, is pivotal in accomplishing shared objectives.

President Wickremesinghe pledged his support for the expansion of the Scout Association, noting its role in nurturing responsible citizens essential for the country. Furthermore, he announced the plans to facilitate collaboration between the Scout Association and the Ministry of Technology, underscoring the importance of leveraging interactions across sectors for national development.

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