Apr 23, 2018

President to amend Bribery Act!

President Maithripala Sirisena is to make amendments to the Bribery Act to facilitate the process of filing bribery cases in the Magistrate’s Court and the High Court. 

The President had declared a supplement to the proposed amendment to the gazette on March 09.  

It is the Prime Minister who conducts the parliamentary procedures on behalf of the President.

Accordingly, It is on the directives of the Prime Minister that the gazette notification pertaining to the amendments to the Act regarding the institutions that does not come under the purview of any ministry, is presented. 

However, legal experts have pointed out that it is of special significance that the Bribery (Amendment) Act bill is being presented on the directives of the President. 

Through this amendment, section 70 of the Bribery Act would be amended, facilitating briber cases to be taken up at either the Magistrate’s Courts or the High Courts. 

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