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The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) is being used only to hunt down army intelligent officers whereas legal actions against suspected terrorists are being taken under the general law, the joint opposition (JO) said.

Addressing the weekly news briefing, Prof. G. L. Peiris said the five suspects who were arrested in connection with an assassination attempt of an MP should have been arrested under the PTA.

“Since these suspects had not been arrested under the PTA, there are obstacles to keep them in detain and question though it had been revealed that the LTTE Diaspora in four countries were behind the assassination attempt. They have even provided funds to these suspects,” he said.

However, he said, the PTA had been utilized without hesitation to arrest a number of army intelligent officers. “This will make an adverse impact on the mentality of the security forces personnel,” he said.

He said the situation would only aggravate with the setting up of the Office of Missing Persons which has a mandate to directly deal with international non-governmental organisations. “Intervention of NGOs will pose a threat to National Security ultimately,” Professor Peiris said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 8

  • Mandy Thursday, 23 February 2017 08:24 AM

    For tthis scaremonger without anything to do - anyway he did nothing as Sajin Vass ran the Foreign Ministry - it is Onna Babo Kotiya Enawa.

    Blistering Barnacles Thursday, 23 February 2017 09:43 AM

    Being in or was in uniform is not a license to kill. Please wait until the people who gave order for abductions and killing are exposed.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 23 February 2017 09:53 AM

    Expired Professor, please note that our President is most concerned about our Military personal than you and your ruthless leader.

    Manuel Benjamin Thursday, 23 February 2017 09:59 AM

    Obsolete Professor GL sometimes acts like "JACK IN THE BOX". Age counts, forgive him as he does not know what he is talking.

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 23 February 2017 10:09 AM

    We do not have to take care of the mentality of the security forces personnel who acted as hit-men and committed crimes against humanity. However the PTA has to be terminated so long after the war.

    J Palitha Thursday, 23 February 2017 10:58 AM

    Prof. GL during Mahinda's regime, our War Hero's were used as Labourers cutting and cleaning drains, sweeping etc., Now our President

    Shelly. Thursday, 23 February 2017 02:10 PM

    Yes GL we have to hunt CONTRACTED MURDERES got planted in Intelligent Units using PAT or some other mean. via DM Android App

    Hubert Thursday, 23 February 2017 02:19 PM

    very good comments now the dishonest people cannot fool the public

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