|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
“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.