The Law Commission of Sri Lanka (LCSL) has claimed that the new proposal recently submitted to the Government by them was a new draft bill to replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

Chairman of the LCSL, President’s Counsel (PC) Romesh De Silva said that what the Commission had produced was entirely a new Act.

He said the new draft bill was handed over to Minister of Justice, Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera and Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrema.

“Regarding that Act, the ministerial trio met the Commission earlier. We have dealt with the contentious aspects of the PTA, particularly those concerning the periods of detention of those arrested  and  had dealt with all the issues in the PTA correctly,” he pointed out.

Member of the LCSL, President’s Counsel  Manohara De Silva said the provisions and aspects regarding the recording of statements and confessions from suspects had been looked at by the Commission.