BASL requests that monthly gazette notice issued by the President be halted

BASL requests that monthly gazette notice issued by the President be halted

Written by Bella Dalima

10 Oct, 2014 | 8:57 pm

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka has requested that the monthly gazette notice issued by the President, ordering the deployment of armed forces to maintain law and order, be halted.

The BASL notes that following the relaxation of emergency laws, the monthly gazette notice has been used to deploy armed forces personnel to maintain law and order.

Section 12 of the Public Security Ordinance, states: “Where circumstances endangering the public security in any area have arisen or are imminent and the President is of the opinion that the police are inadequate to deal with such situation in that area, he may, by Order published in the Gazette, call out all or any of the members of the armed forces for the maintenance of public order in that area”.

As per the Extraordinary Gazette notice, all armed forces personnel have been called upon to maintain law and order in all 25 districts of the country.

Journalists quizzed Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on the extraordinary gazette notice at the media briefing on cabinet decisions held on Friday,

He said: “I do not know about that. I will inquire and let you know.”

 

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