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Sunday , October 12, 2014 - 5.15 GMT

Supreme Court clears Witness Protection Bill

 

The Supreme Court has decided that the Witness Protection bill submitted by the government for parliamentary approval is compliant with the Constitution.

The Supreme Court has informed Parliament that the provisions of the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Bill are not inconsistent with the Constitution, Deputy Speaker of parliament Chandima Weerakkody has said.

"I have received the determination of the Supreme Court in respect of the Bill titled 'Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses' , which was challenged before the Supreme Court under Article 121 (1) of the Constitution," Lankapuvath quoted the Deputy Speaker as saying to the House.

"The Supreme Court under Article 123(1) of the Constitution has determined that provisions of the Bill are not inconsistent with the Constitution, subject to the amendments suggested by the Supreme Court be incorporated to the Bill", the Deputy Speaker said.

Sri Lankan government has submitted to Parliament the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Bill on 11 August 2014.

 



 

 
 
   
   
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