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The Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security say they have forwarded their observations and recommendations in relation to the proposed Counter Terrorism Act, the piece of legislation which is to replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act, to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Recently, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Member of Parliament M.A. Sumanthiran had stated that the definition of ‘counter terrorism’ was unclear in the draft of the proposed Bill.

It is reported that the original definition of counter terrorism ran to over six pages. According to Sumanthiran, the TNA had suggested alternatives founded on international conventions in this regard.

Chairman of the Committee, MP Malith Jayathilake emphasized that the Committee had two to three sessions prior to completing their duty by sending the Committee’s observations and recommendations to Wickremesinghe.

According to Jayathilake, Additional Solicitor General President’s Counsel Yasantha Kodagoda was currently drafting the Counter Terrorism Act.

“As Sumanthiran pointed out, the preamble in the draft is somewhat too long. The Bill deals with controversial matters,” Jayathilake said.

(RL J)