The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) will soon be abolished and it will be replaced by the Counter Terrorism Act, the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs said.
Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M Swaminathan said that the Attorney General is scheduled to submit a review on 78 trials pending under the Prevention of Terrorism Act with regard to Tamil suspects, by 15th September.
Swaminathan said that this review will consider the number of detainees that can be subjected to lesser sentences and the number of detainees that could be sent for rehabilitation.
While pointing out that the PTA will soon be abolished and it will be replaced by the Counter Terrorism Act, Minister Swaminathan said that the trials currently pending under the PTA will be dealt with in the future, under the Counter Terrorism Act.
He also said that 112 files with regard to cases under the PTA were sent to the Attorney General’s Department for advice and out of the 112, 108 cases were concluded by end of 2015.
He also noted that in 2016, 16 cases under the PTA have been received by the Attorney General’s Department for advice.
During this year 9 suspects detained under the PTA have been recommended for rehabilitation,27 have been discharged from proceedings and 7 indictments have been forwarded to the High Court.
The Minister said that commencing from 11.11.2015 up to date 39 suspects who were in remand custody for offences under the PTA, have been enlarged on bail with the sanction of the Attorney General.
Minister Swaminathan pointed out that further steps are being taken by the Attorney General’s Department to review and reconsider the Cases under the PTA and added that 3 such cases were concluded this month by reducing charges to facilitate the expeditious conclusion of trials. (Colombo Gazette)