Sri Lanka’s Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that the Prevention for Terrorism Act would not be repealed due to a changing global environment, adding that only amendments would be made.
Speaking to press Mr Rajapakshe said the situation in the country was different to when the discussions on repealing the PTA started. Stating that the countries that had started calls for repealing the PTA were tightening their own anti-terror legislation, he said,
“The situation in the country is not the same as at the time we started discussions, the environment was totally different. The countries that requested to revise the PTA, are now thinking of tightening it in their countries. Those countries are amending the Act by adding stricter sub sections .There we too need to take another look on this act.”
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