Sep 18, 2017

Missing persons draft bill put off? Featured

The joint opposition met president Maithripala Sirisena on September 16 and asked him not to table the draft bill on missing persons act in parliament.

Dinesh Gunawardena, Dullas Alahapperuma, Bandula Gunwardena, Tissa Vitarana and Jayantha Samaraweera told him that the act would be a grave threat to war heroes and national security.

They said those who defeated separatism, eliminated terrorism and paved the way for Sinhalese, Muslims and Tamils to live without fear or suspicion would have to be handed over to foreign countries to try them at courts to punish them.

Gunawardena told ‘Divaina’ the president could respond positively to their request.

Meanwhile, ‘Mawbima’ reports that president has promised the JO not to table the draft bill in parliament on September 21 as scheduled.

Gunawardena said the president said he would study the matter further after returning from the UN general assembly sessions.

Their meeting, held on the instructions of ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, lasted for around one hour, he added.