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Foreigners own land in Sri Lanka illegally PDF Print E-mail
Minister Jeevan Kumaratunge, responsible for the land ministry says that people who are not citizens of Sri Lanka had acquired over 10,000 acres of land in the past two decades in Sri Lanka. This includes private land close to the historic Dutch Fort in Galle.

According to the minister the foreigners have taken the ownership of the land in violation of laws of Sri Lanka and even forgoing to pay the due taxes to the state.

This large scale purchasing of land mainly in major town areas by foreigners poses a serious threat to national security, said the minister.

Out of the 6.5 million hectares of total land in Sri Lanka, 5.2 million hectares belong to the state, said Mr. Kumaratunga.

Foreign national can buy private land, according to existing laws, but not those owned by the state.

When a foreigner owner buy private land in Sri Lanka, an equal amount to the value of the land must be paid to the state as tax.
In many cases they forego this payment by bribing the authorities. 
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