In Sri Lanka, Genetech, a private company which supplies DNA profiles to the police, has set up a DNA bank. It reportedly contained DNA profiles of nearly 3,000 criminals by October 2011. To date, all forensic DNA testing has been conducted by private companies but a new Government laboratory has been set up with US Government funding and Government DNA testing will start in 2014.
Use of DNA evidence in Sri Lanka is governed by Section 45 of the Evidence Ordinance and Section 122 of the Code of Criminal Procedure as amended by Section 14 of 2005. According to Interpol, a DNA database legislation had been adopted by 2011.
- External links
- Sri Lanka Government Analyst's Department
- USAID: US Government support for Sri Lankan forensics laboratory (6th June 2013)
- Ruwan J Illeperuma PhD
- Genetech Sri Lanka Genetech provides DNA evidence to the government of Sri Lanka through law enforcement agencies.
- National Research Council of Sri Lanka (2013) A study of genetic polymorphisms in mitochondrial DNA hypervariable regions I and II of the Sri Lankan populations
- Udayangani (2011) The importace of DNA evidence in the field of criminal law in Sri Lanka
- Fernando (2010) A national DNA database for Sri Lanka
- Cherian (2009) Compiling an Autosomal and Y Chromosomal DNA Database for the Country of Sri Lanka.
- Sri Lanka: Code Of Criminal Procedure Act (No. 15 of 1979)
- Press articles
- Ceylon Today: Sri Lanka’s moment of sorrow (26th December 2013)
- The Sunday Times: Ethics and performance evaluation to be introduced for Judges next year (8th December 2013) From January 2014, DNA testing will be undertaken at the new premises of the Government Analyst’s Department which has been set up at Battaramulla.
- Ceylon Today: China bound for DNA testing (4th November 2013)
- Ceylon Today: The beginning to an end (20th October 2013)
- Senior official ready to prosecute Khuram Shaikh's case (18th October 2013)
- Ceylon Today: Proving paternity (17th July 2013) A provision in the Evidence Ordinance upholds the presumption of legitimacy and thereby prevents the courts using DNA to prove the paternity of a child.
- Ceylon Today: The long wait for justice (8th July 2013)
- Ceylon Today: New DNA lab opens with USAID grants (7th June 2013)
- Ceylon Today: US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Michele J. Sison, said the new DNA Crime Laboratory, set up with grants from the United States, will be vital in strengthening rules of law and criminal justice in Sri Lanka (7th June 2013)
- Ceylon Today: Traceless (28th April 2013)
- Ceylon Today: Fingerprints - our unique factor (27th January 2013)
- Ceylon Today: US aid for DNA lab (2nd September 2012)
- The Sunday Times: US DNA experts train Lankan biologists (26th August 2012)
- Ceylon Today: DNA test to the rescue (5th October 2012)
- Daily News: The use of DNA evidence in criminal investigation (January 2012)
- The Sunday Times: From crime busting to paternity issues, Lanka makes strides in DNA tests (9th October 2011)
- The Sunday Times: Pioneer DNA-testing company, Genetech wins ISO accreditation of its lab (17th July 2011)
- Criminal DNA database for Sri Lanka established (23rd June 2011)
- The Sunday Times: Govt. plans wide range of new laws (5th December 2010)
- The Sunday Times: DNA for justice (2001)
- The Sunday Times: On a DNA trail.....(2001)
- The Sunday Times: Local DNA testing soon with local and foreign aid (2001)
- The Sunday Times: DNA typing at your fingertips (2001)
- The Sunday Times: Gotcha! (11th April 1999)