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SC to hear church attack case

2014 Jan 23

The Supreme Court today granted leave to proceed in a fundamental rights case filed on behalf of the Jeewana Alokaya Church in Weeraketiya, which was violently attacked on 09th December 2012 and 18th March 2013.

The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka said the Supreme Court granted leave to proceed based on the Freedom of Speech and Expression, Article 14 (1) (a) and the Right to Equality, Article 12 (1) and Article 12 (2) of the Constitution of Sri Lanka 1978.

Chrismaal Warnasuriya (Attorney-at-Law) Counsel for the case together with Nalaka Jayasuriya and Indika Udeshkumara, junior lawyers, appeared on behalf of the petitioners.

The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka said it welcomed the court decision, as it is a step toward recognizing the right to religious freedom and equality as guaranteed by the Constitution.

The Court decision to hear the case comes just over a week after two other churches were attacked in Hikkaduwa by a violent mob. (Colombo Gazette)

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