May 12, 2019

Where is the gazette notification banning NTJ -JMI?

The Presidential Secretariat has not been able to issue a relevant Gazette notification to ban National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) and Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI) of Sri Lanka, despite the ban imposed on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena.
 
President Sirisena, using the power vested upon him, under Emergency Regulations No. 01 of 2019, took steps to ban NTJ and JMI of Sri Lanka on April 27, the two organisations linked to the Easter Sunday attack as disclosed by State Intelligence.
 
A spokesman said that the Presidential Secretariat was waiting for the gazette form that was drafted by the Attorney General's Department.
 
He said all the necessary documents had been sent to the Attorney General's Department and he believed that certain changes would be made to it.
 
"I think they will send the Gazette document soon and we will be able to issue the Gazette early this week” he said.
 
Contrary to those comments, a high level official at the AG’s department denied that the Gazette draft was still in their possession.
 
“We received the relevant request from the Presidential Secretariat and we sent the final draft to the Presidential Secretariat,” the official said.
 
As identified by State Intelligence, the Easter Sunday attack which brought death to 258 people and injured over 500, had been commissioned by the NTJ, a local Islamic extremist group.
 
Source - Sunday Observer

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