NO RUSH TO REPEAL PTA: RUWAN

Published : 8:19 am  May 13, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (254) reads | 

PKP_4550BY YOHAN PERERA The government will not rush into repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) as such a decision will have to be made only after a careful study and discussions with the relevant stakeholders including the military, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said yesterday.

Mr. Wijewardene told a media briefing that the government would hold discussions with the military and political parties on the repealing of the legislation and replacing it with a new one. “We will handle the matter diligently and ensure that laws are in place to safeguard the country and therefore will discuss the matter at length with the military and political party leaders on the new laws and this will take some time,” he said assuring that there would be no rigid laws aimed at victimizing anyone. The State Minister denied reports that the LTTE was trying to raise its head again.

“The LTTE is finished now and there is no way it can come up again,” he said. Responding to a question raised by journalists on the security of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa , the state Minister said nothing would be done to breach his security. “ The former President will be given any number of specially trained STF personnel to ensure his security,” he said. Responding to a statement made by Minister Rajitha Senaratne that his life was in danger , the state Minister said Dr. Senaratne had not taken up such a matter with the Defence Ministry yet.