SL’s Security related Acts not updated in years; Threat to national security
Many of the Acts and laws pertaining to national security in Sri Lanka have not been updated in years.
Legal experts are of the view that these laws and Acts should be updated which is a process followed by developed counties in the wake of such attacks.
The 1996 No. 22 weapons ordinance has not been revised in 22 years, the explosives ordinance of 2005 No. 18 has not been revised in 13 years and the Immigration Emigration Act No. 7 of 2015 has not been revised in three years, said the Coordinator of the Development Circle Abayagunawardena.
The penalty for possession of a firearm is a mere Rs. 25,000, but all modern weapons and explosives are not included in this.
If a person is found guilty of possession of explosives, the Magistrate can impose a maximum penalty of a mere Rs. 10,000.
Legal experts point out that if these laws pertaining to national security are revised, it would help to curtail underworld, drug and terrorist activities in the country.