A State Intelligence Act to be drafted

2020-01-15 at 12:20

The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval to the President’s proposal to draft a State Intelligence Act.

Speaking at the weekly Cabinet media briefing Co Cabinet Spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardana said the Act will grant immunity to intelligence unit personnel.

The Minister stressed the Intelligence Unit of a country is essential for national security adding, it was important to protect the rights of Intelligence officers and grant them legal powers to perform duties.

Minister Gunawardana revealed the Act will enable the intelligence units of the country to receive necessary legal powers to aid in upholding national security, protecting the country’s sovereignty, and to identify beforehand threats of extremism or terrorism.

He added the Act that will be drafted by the Attorney General will regulate the intelligence unit and prevent unnecessary intimidation by various groups.

Meanwhile, when inquired by media on the Millennium Challenge Corporation agreement, Minister Bandula Gunawardana said the government is prepared to accept favourable funds from any country including the United States, China and India as long as it is did not harm industries, businesses and assets of the people.

He noted the committee had been appointed to report of any harmful proposals in the MCC agreement.