Cardinal demands to know if proposed Customs Act beneficial to criminals

Children addicted to drugs


by Norman Palihawadana

Bishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith yesterday demanded to know whether the proposed Customs Act contained a clause beneficial to criminal elements such as drug barons.

He said a delegation of Customs trade unions had briefed him on the proposed Act and requested his intervention.

Addressing a news conference at the Bishop’s House, the prelate said several students of Ragama Basilica College had been caught with kerela ganja in their possession within the school premises.

"The Bishop said that there were many loopholes in the law.

"Making the laws lenient is not a solution to curb crime," he said.

The Cardinal hailed President Maithripala Sirisena for the stand taken against drugs.

Principal of Basilica Vidyalaya, Ragama Fr. Bernard Neville Perera said drugs could be smuggled to schools by various means and even female students would not be spared.

The drug dealers could use girls to smuggle narcotics inside their shoes to schools and therefore school authorities had to keep a watchful eye on students.

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