Cabinet approved the combined proposal to appoint a committee to prepare a preliminary draft for a comprehensive legal framework on national security.
This committee was proposed taking the relevant international standards/recommendations on the protection of human rights and paying attention to all the relevant issues into account.
It will be headed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Justice, Prison Affairs, and Constitutional Reforms.
Accordingly, the joint proposal tabled by the President in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, Minister of Justice, Prison Affairs, and Constitutional Reforms, and Minister of Foreign Affairs was approved. The need of a comprehensive national security legal framework to address the weaknesses of the existing anti-terrorism laws, to face such acts, to enforce the law, to further strengthen investigative and monitoring tools has been identified for introducing provisions to deal with new dimensions of terrorism and violent extremism.
Meanwhile, in regard to amendment of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act No. 15 of 1979, the Crime Sub-Committee of the Special Unit under the Ministry of Justice, Prison Affairs, and Constitutional Reforms has recommended that in considering the appeals of a person who has been convicted by the Court, it is appropriate to amend the relevant provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure No. 15 of 1979 by including provisions to enable the period during which the person was in custody or any part of it to be counted as a part of the time shown in his sentence. Accordingly, Cabinet approved the proposal presented by the Minister of Justice, Prison Affairs, and Constitutional Reforms to advise the Legal Draftsman to prepare the bill for the amendment of Section 323(5) of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act No. 15 of 1979.