Sri Lanka to bring in new laws to deal with LTTE as emergency rule ends today

Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka is considering enacting new laws under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to handle possible future and past terrorist activities by the defunct terror group LTTE as the emergency regulations that were imposed on and off for the past 30 years cease to be in operation from today.

Sri Lanka’s Attorney General Mohan Peiris has told the media today that President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to declare four regulations under section 27 of PTA to handle matters related to the terrorist organization in the absence of the emergency law.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on August 25 proposed to lift the powerful emergency regulations.

The new laws cover the continuous proscription of the terror outfit and its front organization Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), detention of the LTTE suspects and rehabilitation of the LTTE cadres who surrendered.

With the end of emergency regulations the proscription of these terrorist organizations will also end unless the new laws become effective.

The new declarations will come into force as the emergency lapses by midnight today and provide the legal framework to handle the LTTE threats, the Attorney General said.

The government is preparing to present a draft bill to the parliament to enact the new laws in the absence of the emergency law.

The Attorney General has said that the removal of emergency regulations will not result in the release of some 6,000 persons detained under the emergency regulations and their release or prosecution is to be decided case by case.

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