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Speaker signs two Bills

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday signed the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Amendment) Bill and Apartment Ownership (Special Provisions) Bill which were passed in Parliament last week.

The Speaker’s Media Division said the Speaker gave his assent to the Bills. Accordingly, the Bills come into effect from yesterday.

The Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Amendment) Bill was to broaden the legal provisions for combating transnational crimes in keeping with the modern technology of the world. It was passed in Parliament on August 9 amidst disturbance of the Joint Opposition members.

Following a division called by NFF Leader Wimal Weerawansa, the Bill was passed with a majority of 64 votes, receiving 95 votes in favour and 31 against.

The Apartment Ownership (Special Provisions) Bill was to facilitate the registration and disposition of certain Condominium Properties owned by the State or by a State agency. The provisions of the Bill will be in operation for a period of five years.

The Bill removes the existing impediments to vesting the title of the condominium houses constructed by the National Housing Development Authority, Urban Development Authority, Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation and other state institutions prior to December 31,2009.


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