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The Cabinet of Ministers today approved a policy and Legal framework relating to the proposed Counter Terrorism Act of Sri Lanka. The proposal in this regard was tabled by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The proposal called for an amended policy and legal framework for the introduction of a new counter terrorism law according to the observations of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security.

Premier Wickremesinghe also proposed the drafting of suitable legislation for the country’s national security, unity, territorial integrity and prevention of terrorism to be followed in terrorism related offences.

Meanwhile the Cabinet of Ministers today approved a proposal to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft legislations of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

The proposal tabled by Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa also recommended it be gazetted and subsequently tabled in Parliament for approval.

The Cabinet paper states a bill to provide provisions for securing the rights of detainees was drafted in 2016. However due to statements by various individuals it was not tabled in Parliament.

Instead a committee was appointed with representatives of the Sri Lanka Bar Association and the Attorney Generals Department to put together a more acceptable draft.

Accordingly the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal tabled by Minister Rajapaksa pertaining to the amendment of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act No.2 of 2013.