Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Chamber sounds warning against unrest

ECONOMYNEXT – The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce urged the head of Sri Lanka’s security establishment to prevent disruptive and unlawful occurrences, saying it was deeply concerned about the possibility of events that threaten law and order.

The island’s top business lobby also told Shantha Kottegoda, secretary to the defence ministry, that those suspected of terrorist activity should be investigated irrespective of their positions.

A statement said the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce had sent a missive to Kottegoda, a retired general and former army commander, to take necessary measures to prevent disruptive and unlawful occurrences.

The warning comes in the wake of concerns of more communal violence against minority Muslims after the April suicide bombings by Islamist extremists of three churches and three hotels that killed over 250 people.

“The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce is deeply concerned about the possibility that events that threaten the law and order situation in the country, will unfold,” the letter to Kottegoda said.

“This concern stems from positions taken and utterances made very recently by certain parties.

“As the highest ranking official vested with responsibility for the maintenance of law and order, we expect you will ensure that all necessary measures are taken to maintain peace, law and order and prevent the occurrence of unlawful and disruptive activities that will disturb the peace of the communities.”

The business lobby also said it needs “to understand whether all allegations against those who are suspected and accused of engaging in terrorist activities have in fact been investigated and that the administration of justice process has been complied with.”

It also said it hopes it can have confidence that “all suspicions are being adequately investigated irrespective of the positions being held by those who are suspected to be involved.” (COLOMBO 03 June 2019)
 

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