Counter Terrorism Bill helped shield terrorists - Keheliya | Daily News


Counter Terrorism Bill helped shield terrorists - Keheliya

‘Was helpful to puppets of Diaspora community’

The Government decided to withdraw the Counter Terrorism Bill because it restrains the authorities involved in the prevention of terrorism and shields the terrorists, Government Spokesman and Investment Promotion State Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.

He pointed out that the Counter Terrorism Bill was not required for the country and only the politicians, who act as puppets of the Diaspora community, can raise their hands for it.

The State Minister was speaking to the media following a public meeting at Wattegama yesterday.

“The Prevention of Tourism Act helped eliminate LTTE terrorism which was a curse on the country.

 I see no wrong in this Act. A few persons including former Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera wanted to present the Counter Terrorism Bill giving way to Diaspora pressure at the United Nations Human Rights Council. Therefore, the people must take prudent decisions at the forthcoming General Elections, so that the country can be taken forward without the influence of extremist groups,” he said. The State Minister said the current Government does not intend to produce the MPs before the courts to take political revenge. “If anybody is arrested on unfair charges, that person can go before the Human Rights Commission or take seek other legal measures. There is full freedom for such actions,” he added.

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