TNA to legally challenge new laws

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The Tamil National Alliance decided to legally challenge the regulations imposed  under the Prevention of Terrorism Act on the principle that things done by the  government under the state of emergency could not be done under a different  legal regime, TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran said today.

The government imposed these  regulations on August 30, 2011 to keep the ban on the LTTE and the Tamil  Rehabilitation Organisation intact and to take action against terrorist suspects  and surrendees in the context of emergency regulations being lifted. Mr.  Sumanthiran told the Daily Mirror that what the government did under the state  of emergency could not be done under a separate legal regime. “We will challenge  the new regulations in a court of law soon. First, we have to see the contents  of the new regulations,” he said.

The TNA MP said his party would oppose these  regulations and the proposed Emergency Consequential Provisional Bill to be  introduced in Parliament. Also, he said the government had failed to issue the  gazette notification announcing these regulations, and therefore, there was no  legal validity to them as of now. Responding to former Attorney General Mohan  Peiris who said these regulations had been in force once they were announced,  Mr. Sumanthiran said any law would be in force only after it was published. “It  is a basic fact expected to be known even by a law student,” he said. (Kelum  Bandara)
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  • Dinesh Monday, 05 September 2011 06:53 AM

    Always find a fault ..........usual Srilankan thinking

    Leela Monday, 05 September 2011 12:31 AM

    That's a far wiser move than pleading India.

    TopHat Monday, 05 September 2011 03:06 AM

    Thank you TNA. It is only the TNA and the JVP that has any concern for the people. The UNP is fighting among themselves and only worried about who will be the mayor of Colombo.

    ICC Monday, 05 September 2011 03:24 AM

    i told many time UNP like a ruling party not oposition party.

    upulkarupul Monday, 05 September 2011 03:41 AM

    Now you are in a mission to find some ways for terrorist to pursue their terrorism and escape from the law.

    Fayad Monday, 05 September 2011 03:44 AM

    We agree with you but your Eilam perception should change for a better united country.

    Ajith Monday, 05 September 2011 03:45 AM

    they are democratically elected, and are representing the concern of their people. they never said they are going to take arms, they have said, they would challenge the law in the courts, which i guess is a right for any citizens to do so...t. anyone talks on behalf of tamils, are terrorists...ah..? please change the mindsets..

    TopHat Monday, 05 September 2011 04:04 AM

    The country is only a piece of land. It is the people who has to unite. This can not be done by have a racist set of rulers such as the JHU. The race and religious element has to go.

    ila Monday, 05 September 2011 05:07 PM

    Did anyone challenge Gadafhi for his crimes by trusting his justice?


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