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* Sri Lankan government has not yet decided to sign the MCC agreement, Supreme Court told
Fri, Dec 13, 2019, 07:36 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 13, Colombo: The Attorney General Department informed the Supreme Court today that the Sri Lankan government has not yet taken a final decision to sign the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement with the United States.

The Attorney General Department has informed the apex court that the Sri Lankan Government has decided to review the MCC agreement and will not take any steps to enter into agreements until the review is done.

Additional Solicitor General Farsana Jameel, appearing for the Attorney General, made the announcement when two fundamental rights petitions challenging the signing of the Millennium Challenge Corporation agreement were taken up before a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court today.

The five-member bench comprised Justices Buwaneka Aluvihare as Chairman and Justices LTB Dehideniya, Murdu Fernando, S Thurairajah and Gamini Amarasekara as members.

The relevant fundamental rights petitions have been filed by Government Medical Officers Association, Attorney-at-Law Dharshana Veraduwage and Ven. Anguruwelle Jinananda Thero.

The petitioners have requested the Supreme Court to rule that the government's decision to enter into these agreements violates the Constitution and issue an interim order preventing the signing of such agreements.

Attorney General on behalf of former President Maithripala Sirisena, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former Foreign Minister Thilak Marapana and former Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera have been named as respondents.

The Supreme Court ordered the petitions to be taken up again on March 25. The Court also ordered that the progress of these activities be reported on that day.

 

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