Amending the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was better than bringing in a new Counter-Terrorism Act (CTA), Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said today.
The Cardinal said this in response to a statement made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday that the Easter Sunday bombings could have been averted had the Counter-Terrorism Act was in force.
“It is easier to amend the remaining legislation rather than bringing a new one,” he said.
Both the Cardinal and Venerable Ittapana Dhammalankara Maha Nayaka Thera expressed their dissatisfaction on the investigations carried out by the government on Easter Sunday bomb attacks and the Presidential Commission appointed to look into the security lapses.
However, they said that they would welcome if a committee headed by Buddhist clergy was appointed to look into the matter as they neither belong to Catholic nor Islamic communities.
Venerable Dhammalankara Thera said the steps taken by the government to investigate and apprehend those behind the bombings were far from satisfactory.
“We don’t see that the government had given its utmost attention to pull out the country from the crisis that is prevailing in the country,” the Thera said while highlighting that the government should speak in one voice at this moment. (Yohan Perera)
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Comments - 4
Pradeep Monday, 29 April 2019 04:10 PM
Hope details of all investigation cannot be disclose to public
UKajit Monday, 29 April 2019 04:29 PM
I think you better not to interfere with politics
LocalAjit Monday, 29 April 2019 07:46 PM
UKajit: I sincerely urge that you should never speak about things you don't know. For example, The proposed anti terrorism bill. Read the Bill and come again!
johan Monday, 29 April 2019 08:10 PM
The most of the people died and affected are his church members.We know in the past there were
so many dumb deaf commissions were appointed
by President and PM finally nothing happened.Police investigation is different but lapses on the Defence Ministry and Ministry of Law and Order must be investigated and culprits should be tried in Courts
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