Jan 29, 2022

Several amendments proposed to the PTA! Featured

The government has proposed several amendments to the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

The Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Amendment Bill has already been gazetted.

The Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Amendment Bill has been gazetted with the intention of aligning the Prevention of Terrorism Act with international standards.

According to the proposed amendments, a suspect detained under the PTA can file a petition before the Supreme Court under provisions relating to human rights violations.

One clause includes the principal enactment to enable an Attorney-at-Law to have access to a person in remand or in detention, and also to enable the person so remanded or detained to communicate with his relatives.

The amendments also propose reducing the total period of detention of a person under a detention order from 18 months to 12 months.

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