Cabinet approves Bill to deal with ISIS terror

18 September 2019 06:12 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Cabinet is reported to have endorsed a new Anti-terrorism Bill to deal with the latest threat of terrorism in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks by terror groups linked to ISIS.

The new Bill has taken into consideration the recommendations made by a Cabinet Committee headed by Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana and also comprising of Justice Minister Talatha Atukorale and Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka.

Informed sources said the new Bill has given a broad definition to terrorism and covers areas not found in the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) such as the killing of civilians, which is not covered under the PTA is an offence in the new Bill.

The new Bill, modelled on laws in Britain and India to deal with ISIS terrorism, contains provisions for dealing with the use of cyberspace for the operation and coordination of terrorist activities.

“We are now faced with a novel form of terrorism. The use of information technology is common in coordination and propaganda activities of terrorists. The PTA does not have adequate teeth to act against such cyberspace operations,” a Cabinet source said and added that the new Bill has provisions to act against Sri Lankans involved in terrorism outside the country.

“It is not so under the PTA,” he said.

When asked whether the new Bill would overlap with the counter-terrorism bill introduced to replace the PTA, the source said the counter-terrorism bill had been stuck in parliament because of criticism from various quarters.

"The latest bill seeks to deal with the latest terrorist threats triggered by the Easter Sunday attack and can be viewed as a kind of an amendment to the counter-terrorism bill,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 6

  • Sunil Wednesday, 18 September 2019 07:15 AM

    At last..... A hope Late is better than never.

    Atlas Wednesday, 18 September 2019 07:28 AM

    All well and good - but we fail to have a fool proof method to nip in the bud ( "bud" - no pun intended !) the constant eruptions by our patriotic sinhala buddhists in attacking the Muslims - whether it be bodily, or their homes, business establishments or places of worship and - the spreading by them of hate speech (also in the "cyber space") which covers - boycotting of muslim establishments and muslim manufactured products. Is it that sinhala buddhists votes matter most and to hell with the Muslims ?

    Gihan Thursday, 19 September 2019 04:58 AM

    Reply to Atlas; Are you seriously blaming the Sinhala Buddhists for the Muslim terrorists? They are there all over the world due to their distorted view of their religion. Look elsewhere in the world; racist attacks are wrong, but are not confined to Sri Lanka!

    Sashi Thursday, 19 September 2019 05:01 AM

    Need to investigate the source of terrorist funding!

    Andrew Silva Thursday, 19 September 2019 05:37 AM

    ISIS terror or any kind of terror can not be controlled until the persons responsible don't keep the dreadful information under their pillows.

    cheers Thursday, 19 September 2019 06:59 AM

    Muslims and tamils violated the rights of the sinhala which is the majority of the country by terrorising sri lanka this is why they hate muslims after 21st of april for what you did and did they ever say this to the muslims in sri lanka before no


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