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Queen, Governor out from Penal Code, Acts

The Amendments presented by Justice Minister Ali Sabry PC to drop several outdated colonial era terms and references used in Penal Code, Evidence Ordinance and Bail Act have been passed unanimously by Parliament during the Second Reading, the Justice Ministry announced yesterday.

Justice Minister Ali Sabry PC presented these amendments to remove several terms and references used during the colonial era to reflect the current context of independence of Sri Lanka.

Accordingly, the reference ‘waging war against the queen’ which was included in the Evidence Ordinance will be turned into ‘waging war against the republic’. Furthermore, the term ‘Queen’ is to be replaced by the term ‘Republic’. The Justice Minister announced that this is for the first time such amendments were brought since gaining independence 72years ago.

The Justice Ministry further announced that the term ‘Lanka” is to be also replaced by term ‘Sri Lanka’ and term ‘Governor’ to be replaced by ‘President’. The reference ‘Civil Service’ included in the ordinances of the colonial era is to be replaced by the term ‘Sri Lanka Administrative Service’. Furthermore, the terms ‘Police Order,’ and ‘Wife’ are to be replaced by the terms ‘Grama Niladhari’ and ‘Spouse’ respectively.