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PTA to stay, says Susil

By Arthur Wamanan
The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) remains necessary for ongoing and future legal proceedings of Tiger suspects, a top government Minister said.
United People’s freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary and Petroleum Resources Minister, Susil Premajayanth told The Nation that LTTE suspects who surrender and who are arrested cannot be dealt with according to the normal laws.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) while welcoming the move to lift the state of emergency regulations, called on the government to remove the PTA as well.
The TNA has on several occasions called for the removal of the PTA since the end of the war and had been voting against it during Parliament debates on emergency.

“Those who are connected with terrorism activities continue to surrender and some are arrested based on information. They cannot be dealt through normal laws in the country. The PTA has been enacted for this purpose. It is not possible to repeal the PTA at this juncture,” Premajayanth said.

Premajayanth further stated that the PTA was not necessarily for LTTE suspects, but for those who indulge in terrorism activities in general. “Several countries have such special laws to prevent terrorist acts and to deal with individuals involved in such activities,” Premajayanth added. President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday passed the motion to lift the state of emergency.