In Sri Lanka, court rules legislator cannot serve due to citizenship issues

By Zulfick Farzan, 9 May
Flag of Sri Lanka (photo credit: David_Peterson via pixabay)
Flag of Sri Lanka (photo credit: David_Peterson via pixabay)
The Supreme Court issued a writ that effectively terminates State Minister Diana Gamage's tenure as a Member of Parliament. [ . . . ] In a unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court has determined that Diana Gamage lacks legal citizenship in Sri Lanka, rendering her ineligible to hold a position as a Member of Parliament. Accordingly, the Supreme Court ordered government officials to take necessary action, as per the court order. Justice Janak De Silva said that during the trial, it was established that Diana Gamage had entered Sri Lanka using a British passport. The Justice added that despite the proceedings, she failed to provide evidence of her Sri Lankan citizenship before the court. The court invoked Article 89 of the Constitution, which prohibits individuals deprived of Sri Lankan citizenship from serving in the country's Parliament.
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