Counter Terrorism Bill presented to Parliament

The Counter Terrorism Bill was presented to Parliament today by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana today.

The Counter Terrorism Bill looks to replace the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

The Bill makes provisions for the protection of Sri Lanka and the people of Sri Lanka from acts of terrorism and other offences associated with terrorism.

The Bill also focuses on the prevention of terrorism and other offences associated with terrorism committed within or outside Sri Lanka; for the prevention of the use of Sri Lankan territory and its people for the preparation for terrorism outside Sri Lanka; to provide for the detection of acts of terrorism and other offences associated with terrorism; and to provide for the identification, apprehension, arrest, custody, detention, investigation, prosecution and punishment of any person who has committed an act of terrorism or any other offence associated with terrorism and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

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