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Expropriation bill claims first victim

Supporters of President Rajapakse’s government have stormed a private sugar company owned by an opposition MP.

Sevanagala Sugar Industries was one of the 36 private companies ear-marked for nationalisation by the government for under-performing, a move made possible by the controversial expropriation bill.

Meanwhile the Bar Association of Sri Lanka has demanded the withdrawal of the bill.

"We appeal to the president, the government and all promoters of the bill to take steps to ensure that the bill is withdrawn and not passed without opportunity of further careful scrutiny...," it said in a statement.

See our previous articles:

Sri Lankan Government to 'takeover 36 private companies' (01.11.11)

Asset expropriation bill expected to be passed soon (28.10.11)

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