The postponement of its presentation by prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is said to be due to certain technical issues contained in it.
‘To take war heroes to war tribunal’
At a public meeting in Trincomalee two days ago, ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa referred to this draft and said the joint opposition would strongly object to it.
Also, he issued a statement to the media at Abhayarama Temple in Colombo, alleging an attempt to take war heroes to war tribunal by citing a draft bill presented in March relating to missing persons.
Justice for victims
Sri Lanka last year signed the international convention for the protection of all from enforced disappearances.
Presenting it to parliament, the government said it hoped to incorporate it into the country’s law as a criminal act, and ensure justice and compensation of victims of such disappearances.
Top prelates too, agree with Mahinda
Mahinda Rajapaksa has disagreed with a government claim that this draft would ensure justice for all the missing persons and said it could be used to punish members of the military who took part in the war.
Anunayake of Asgiriya Chapter, Ven. Anamaduwe Dhammadassi Thera
Meanwhile, this act was strongly opposed by the three Buddhist chapters at a meeting presided by their top prelates at Asgiriya Maha Vihara yesterday (04).
They unanimously decided the act was one that was unacceptable as it aimed to punish the soldiers over certain incidents that happened during the war, in order to serve the needs of international community, said Anunayake of Asgiriya Chapter, Ven. Anamaduwe Dhammadassi Thera after the discussion.