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Govt will review MCC, SOFA & ACSA, AG tells SC

Attorney General Dappula de Livera informed the Supreme Court today that the new government will review the controversial MCC, SOFA and ACSA agreements the previous government had intended to sign with the United States.

Appearing on behalf of the Attorney General, Deputy Solicitor General Farzana Jameel told the Court that none of the proposed agreements will be signed until such review is complete.

This position was conveyed to a five-judge bench, headed by Supreme Court Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare, which had gathered this morning to consider fundamental rights petitions filed against the agreements.

The petitions were filed by the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), Attorney-at-Law Dharshana Weeraduwa and Anguruwelle Jinananda Thero seeking interim injunctions against the agreements citing a threat to national sovereignty and a violation of the people’s fundamental rights.

The petitions had were scheduled to be taken up again on 25 March 2020, but the bench ordered the Deputy Solicitor General to brief the Court on the progress of the review at the next hearing.

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