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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said the Easter Sunday attacks would have been prevented if the new Counter Terrorism Bill which provides for territorial jurisdiction was passed in Parliament without delay. 

Prime Minster said this during an interview with Daily Mirror last afternoon.   

“No anti-terrorism law in Sri Lanka provides for territorial jurisdiction under which a cadre belonging to an international terrorist organization could be arrested in Sri Lanka if they are found. Not even the penal code provides that provision.   

“We have included this provision in the new Counter Terrorism Bill. However, it is stuck in Parliament for months. The Easter Sunday attacks should have prevented if this legislation was passed,” he said.   

Also, the Prime Minister said informing political leadership on the impending attacks on Easter Sunday was not important as Defence authorities should have acted upon the warnings given by the intelligence units on the Easter Sunday attacks.   

“There has been no breakdown in the intelligence services but the issue has been that the Defence authorities had not acted upon the warnings,” he further said. (Yohan Perera)


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  Comments - 22

  • Idiot Monday, 29 April 2019 08:45 AM

    It is too soon to talk about what IF. the country is still in mourning.

    Amara Monday, 29 April 2019 08:53 AM

    Wrong! The planning for this attack has been happening throughout your entire premiership. The CTA would have done little to nothing to prevent this.

    Kadmin Monday, 29 April 2019 09:11 AM

    RW thinks these things can be fixed by just passing a bill. Not sure what era he is still living in.

    Sunil Monday, 29 April 2019 09:15 AM

    Go home. We don’t need your opinions or advice

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 29 April 2019 09:23 AM

    If you

    Ashok Monday, 29 April 2019 09:24 AM

    Do Not Pass The Ball, Rather Play Football. Prime Minister

    Bharatha Kariyawasam Monday, 29 April 2019 09:31 AM

    Sorry, we don't want to hear any more excuses from you and the president. Please RESIGN!

    Bharatha Kariyawasam Monday, 29 April 2019 09:31 AM

    Sorry, we don't want to hear any more excuses from you and the president. Please RESIGN!

    Fahi m Monday, 29 April 2019 09:38 AM

    The most inefficient political leader ever in the history of Sri Lanka!! At least now pls step down for God's sake. You are useless and so are your talks!

    Manu Monday, 29 April 2019 09:39 AM

    Don't suppose and talk rubbish. This is the benefit of all what you and UNP coons did and talked all these four years. You better shut your mouth and let others do better things.

    Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 29 April 2019 10:06 AM

    Mad hatter in wonderland.

    ANTON Monday, 29 April 2019 10:08 AM


    Gamaya Monday, 29 April 2019 10:10 AM

    Attack could have been stopped if not for the sheer incompetency at the top, including My3, who was briefed. Would it have made any difference if anyone told ineffectual Ranil???

    Din Monday, 29 April 2019 10:28 AM

    New vehicle for Parliamentarians bill would be passed in matter of minutes.

    Kumara Monday, 29 April 2019 10:44 AM

    Finally When BBS will ban in this country

    TONY Monday, 29 April 2019 10:55 AM


    Mann Monday, 29 April 2019 11:13 AM

    Sir please keep your mouth closed and may be take a well earned vacation and let competent person like SF to carry the baton for this difficult lap

    dave Monday, 29 April 2019 11:31 AM

    I'm going to pass a new bill immediately where same sex marriage will be legal in Sri Lanka. Ummmm

    Hesh Monday, 29 April 2019 12:20 PM

    Right, it can also arrest someone for strikes or even protesting against a new constitution. We fought one terrorist organization without your bill. So no thanks.

    sam Monday, 29 April 2019 12:34 PM

    The Government's no 1 duty to protect lives. Security . Govt Politicians should be held criminally responsible for bombing death.

    Thomas Monday, 29 April 2019 02:06 PM

    Lame Excuse

    Manu Monday, 29 April 2019 07:53 PM

    Hello PM why don't you resign immediately. Please for the good and safety of the precious lives of the Sri Lankans, who do no matter to you.

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