SJB legal team raises red flags
By Sandeep Tisssaaratchy
The Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill cannot be simplified to the level of Hambantota Port lease agreement, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) on Friday (16) said.
During a Media briefing at the Opposition Leader’s Office, Attorney-at-Law Thisath Wijegunawardena, who spoke on behalf of the SJB legal force, said laws which govern Sri Lanka will not be applied in the Colombo Port City which can threaten the country’s sovereignty and potentially create a Chinese Colony within its borders.
The party clarified that it was not just business activities that are to function differently in Port City but multiple other acts that are in place for the rest of the country will not be applied within the city.
Wijegunawardena said duties will be charged on goods bought inside the Port Ccity that is brought into the country as if they are imported from a foreign State and added that Port City will be removed from the Colombo Municipal area.
He added that all currencies excluding Sri Lankan Rupees can be used to purchase goods in the Port City according to the Bill.
“Sri Lanka is a country that has one law for all its citizens. If this Bill is passed, the Port City will become a Separate State that is not governed by our laws,” Wijegunwardena said.
The SJB has filed two petitions at the Supreme Court challenging the Port City Economic Commission Bill.