Countries that have fought terrorism using detention without trial have found that such laws only served to encourage more support of terrorists, Bar Council president Steven Thiru said at a forum on the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Pota) tonight.
The use of similar laws used in other countries ended up alerting other terrorists in the network, causing them to go into hiding and regroup later, making it even more difficult to cripple such groups, he said,
Countries have also realised that human rights and rule of law must be adhered in the fight against terrorism, or more people could become radicalised, he added.
He said that provisions in Pota which allows for a person suspected of being involved in terrorism activities to be detained for up to two years without trial, would only cause people to become upset and and promote sympathy for the detainees, who is seen as a victim.
“That is how it could actually add numbers to the terrorism cause. Read more