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Support passage of Counter Terrorism Act - UNP MP

UNP MP Mujibur Rahuman urged the Opposition to cast aside political differences and support the passage of the proposed Counter Terrorism Act (CTA).

The proposed Counter Terrorism Act is much more specific that the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in terms of who it will apply to and where it will apply.“The proposed CTA is said to have specific provisions for identification, apprehension, arrest, custody, detention, investigation, prosecution and punishment.The provisions in the CTA dealing with these areas are much more comprehensive than the sections in the PTA,” he added.

Addressing a media briefing held at Temple Trees yesterday, he said a new legal framework will have to be brought in to deal with the threat of international terror groups and locals involved with these groups.

“Many other countries such as the US, UK, Australia, India and many other countries are also facing the threat of these international terror groups. However, this is the first time that such terror has been unleashed on this country using educated persons from wealthy families. This is the first time that a suicide bomber who owns a BMW 5 series car and hails from a wealthy and educated family had carried out such an attack. Hence, in order to deal with such threats, we need to rethink our legal framework provisions.The dilemma we face today is whether the existing laws are adequate to deal with these threats.”

He said the government had initiated the CTA having consulted with experienced security forces personnel. Rahuman noted that the Opposition is trying their best to prevent the CTA with sinister motives. “They want us to follow their example and allow illegal abductions and other illegal detentions and killings.”

Therefore, he urged all parties in parliament to cast aside their political differences and support the CTA which would provide the legal framework to deal with the increasing terror threats, both locally and internationally. “If there are shortcomings in the CTA, then anyone can submit their recommendations through the committees.We are ready to entertain such recommendations.However, I urge them to read this document carefully first and understand it, without simply opposing it,” he said.


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