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* PM says new legislation will be introduced to prevent terrorism
Mon, Jul 22, 2019, 12:09 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recalling that three months have passed after the Easter Sunday bomb attacks on April 21 said new laws will be introduced to prevent terrorism.

Speaking at an event held in Matara to mark the 97th International Cooperative Day, the Premier said everyone feared that the country would collapse after the bomb attacks.

"There was a great fear among people. That's why we first decided to detain all terrorists by police and prosecute them. Secondly, we need to bring a new system to ensure the country's security so this does not happen again."

The Premier said even before two months after the attacks, all the living suspects linked to the terrorist attacks including the ones living abroad have been arrested. The police have detained about 200 suspects in connection with the attacks and are investigating them under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and it is only the first step, the Prime Minister said.

"Till now we faced LTTE terrorism. But this is different. Capturing the group connected to Easter Sunday's attacks will not end this kind of terrorism. We cannot face ISIS terrorism by looking at LTTE terrorism. We need to think a new strategy. New laws are needed and these laws need to be changed."

The Premier pointing out that in England the laws dealing with terrorism had been amended 15 times between 2001 and 1019 said the existing laws in Sri Lanka are not adequate to deal with this kind of terrorism.

He said the laws will be brought requiring the Customs, Immigration and emigration Department, Motor Vehicle Department and number of other departments to work together and the government is working on drafting laws necessary to prevent terrorism and getting them passed

The Ministry of Co-operative Development and Vocational Training and Skills Development organized the ceremony on the instructions of Minister Buddhika Pathirana.

The Premier also opened the Salu Kotuwegoda showroom in Mathota in parallel to the International Co-operative Day. The exhibition was modernized with the financial provisions of the Department of Co-operative Development.


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