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Lanka opens second special court to try graft cases

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Colombo, March 15 (UITV/IANS) - Sri Lanka's Justice and Prison Reforms Ministry on Thursday declared open the second special high court to try bribery and corruption cases in the island country.

The Justice Ministry said the aim of the special court was to clear the backlog of high-profile cases, Xinhua news agency reported.

The special court will hear cases involving money laundering, bribery and large financial crimes, dishonest misappropriation of property and criminal breach of trust by public servants.

The government opened the first special high court in July 2018. A third special high court is also expected to be opened by September.

Last year, the Sri Lankan Parliament approved the setting up of three special high courts with 119 legislators voting in favour and 52 against.