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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2398

Geetha Kumarasinghe appeals against verdict stripping of her seat in parliament

Colombo, 04 May, (Asiantribune.com):

Appeal Court of Sri Lankan yesterday stripped an actress-turned-politician of her seat in parliament after it was revealed she had Swiss nationality in addition to being a local citizen.

Sri Lanka-born Geetha Kumarasinghe, who built a following on the silver screen before winning a seat for President Maithripala Sirisena's party, violated a new law by holding dual citizenship, the Court of Appeal held.

The matter regarding her dual citizenship surfaced when four people hailing from Galle submitted petitions against it.

The determination was read out by Court of Appeal Justice Preethi Padman Surasena, with the assent of the President of Court, Justice Vijith Malalgoda.

Justice Surasena noted that it was within the rights of the court to issue a writ of mandamus preventing Geetha Kumarasinghe from holding a seat in parliament.

Speaking to media Kumarasinghe said that she would file an appeal with the Supreme Court within the day, challenging the verdict of the Appeals Court.

She urged her supporters and those who voted for her not to be distressed by this turn of events as she cannot be removed from her seat in Parliament until the verdict of the appeal is delivered.

However, she charged that this is a major strike to the people’s sovereignty and that she was elected from clean votes to represent the entire province as a female MP.

Therefore the biggest injustice has been done to the voters, Kumarasinghe stressed.

- Asian Tribune -

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