VIDEO: Objections against the new detention law are baseless
January 22, 2013 04:48 pm
The objections brought forward by the Opposition on the Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provision) Bill are baseless, Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa stated in parliament today (January 22).
The Minister said that the Opposition was acting unfairly by bringing forward such accusations when a genuine attempt is being made to curb crime and corruption in the current environment.
He made these statements in parliament while proposing the second reading of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provision) Bill.
The Minister assured that the new laws will not grant police more powers but will only help authorities in their investigations on crimes and corruption adding that the Bill will only be implemented for a period of two years.
UNP MP John Seneviratne joined the debate stating that the law of the jungle was prevailing in Sri Lanka while he questioned the independence of the police force.
He added that if the investigations were conducted properly the police would not have to hold suspects without presenting them to court for even 24 hours.