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Govt. mulls review of PTA - AG

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The government was mulling the possibility of reviewing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) along with all other emergency regulations, Attorney General Mohan Peiris said

Mr. Perera told Daily Mirror that the government was yet to take any final decision in this regard.

“It is under consideration. Nothing has been finalized yet. We are looking at what are the clauses of emergency regulations that can be done away with or retained further,” he said. 

Asked about the PTA, he said, “All the emergency regulations including the PTA are under consideration.”

The PTA was introduced in 1978 as a temporary provision, and it was extended in Parliament for every six months’ period. However, in 1982, it was made a permanent law removing the need for extension at regular periods. It was a piece of legislation introduced with laws and regulations to proscribe the LTTE and other similar organizations.

The government continued to use it in the arrest of those involved in terrorism or aided and abetted it. 

Besides, the government reintroduced the state of emergency in 2005 following to the assassination of then Foreign Affairs Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. Since then, it had been extended every month in Parliament. Yet, in May last year, the government scaled down some of the clauses of the emergency regulations. 

During the war time, only the TNA opposed the extension of emergency. However, after the end of the war, the UNP and the JVP have also voted against it.
The government of India also requested on May 16, 2011 to do away with the state of Emergency. (KB)
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  • UK Tamil Boy Monday, 23 May 2011 07:36 AM

    What for.....?

    UK Tamil Boy Monday, 23 May 2011 07:37 AM

    Is there a difference ......?

    zorro Monday, 23 May 2011 07:43 AM

    not worth a cent this statement!

    raju Monday, 23 May 2011 07:39 AM

    No other way, you have to go with the international community's thoughts. there are more miracle is going to happend in the srilankan political arena in the future.

    Nihal Monday, 23 May 2011 08:13 AM

    Thank you Ban K. Moon and Jayalalitha. You both indirectly helping our people to enjoy real freedem and justice to certain extend.

    prkiruba Monday, 23 May 2011 08:09 AM

    SCARED??

    Ama waka Monday, 23 May 2011 09:52 AM

    Truth is stronger than any other force. No quantitative measures......

    Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 23 May 2011 02:49 AM

    UN and Indian influence!

    Yehiya-Doha Monday, 23 May 2011 12:49 PM

    Very difficult to achieve the solution. Most of time entertained the gallery. JR period also same.

    citizen1 Monday, 23 May 2011 01:24 PM

    We'll wait and see if it will actually materialize. Hopefully it will be so.

    RATHURathu Monday, 23 May 2011 04:27 AM

    Is India Bigger than the Mandate of Sri Lankan People? Why wait till India?

    NAIDE Monday, 23 May 2011 04:50 AM

    INDIAN PRESSURE ?

    simple mind Tuesday, 24 May 2011 07:32 AM

    where in the world has freedom to its citizens have messed up a country. But lots of countires are messed up for the lack of freedom and being controlled by draconian laws.

    Epa Monday, 23 May 2011 04:16 PM

    wait will you you get every thing from moon & lalitha

    CP Monday, 23 May 2011 05:50 AM

    I am very double about this . GR will oppose it , how he can alow this while he want to open mmore army camps in the country

    Saleem Tuesday, 24 May 2011 08:16 AM

    PTA and ER are mainky used to enslave civilians in the North/East by the military and paramilitaries.

    Epa Monday, 23 May 2011 04:44 PM

    Elements who want to remove emergency law are planing to mess up society of Srilanka again.

    Saleem Tuesday, 24 May 2011 08:18 AM

    You must go and live in the North to feel its effect on civilians. They live in open prison.

    Srith Monday, 23 May 2011 04:55 PM

    Miracle of mother land, too late!

    Daya Monday, 23 May 2011 06:25 AM

    Another D rope to Geneva Human right Commission meeting on 30th.

    Sanath R Monday, 23 May 2011 06:37 AM

    The effects of the UNSG's report.

    mervyn perera Monday, 23 May 2011 06:37 AM

    The Attorney general without a say in Justice circles.

    SNF Tuesday, 24 May 2011 08:44 AM

    When Ban Ki Moon says everybody protest, when India says the same thing everybody is silent. Where are so-called patriots? Hooo!!!!!!

    Fairose Monday, 23 May 2011 07:10 AM

    Shame - Under Pressure.


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