A proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to approve the treaty received clearance from the cabinet this year.Justice Minister Thalatha Atukorale said that the extradition treaties have been signed in accordance to accepted international norms. (Colombo Gazette) He said in future Sri Lanka will also sign extradition treaties with Europe and Asian countries. Sri Lanka is to sign extradition treaties with several countries, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena said today.He said the extradition treaties will help Sri Lanka and foreign countries exchange wanted criminals. The State Minister of Defence expressed these views after submitting to Parliament extradition treaties signed between Sri Lanka and Russia, Sri Lanka and Ukraine, Sri Lanka and China and Sri Lanka and Vietnam.The extradition treaty between Sri Lanka and China was signed during the official visit of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to China last year. Wijewardena said that Sri Lanka had recently signed extradition treaties with some countries, including Ukraine.
AUTHORITIES IN TEXAS have launched a criminal probe in the 17 April explosion at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas that claimed 14 lives.“This disaster has severely impacted the community of West, and we want to ensure that no stone goes unturned and that all the facts related to this incident are uncovered,” said Steven McCraw, director of Texas Department of Public Safety, in a statement.Officials did not say whether they possessed any new information causing them to suspect foul play.The huge blast three weeks ago leveled a large swath of West, with several first responders among the dead.Around 200 people were injured in the blast, which decimated the small town of 2,800 people, located 130 kilometers south of Dallas.Homes near the blast site were flattened, a huge apartment complex was destroyed and a nursing home and several schools were also badly damaged by fire that spread from building to building following the explosion.- AFPRead: Authorities confirm 12 dead in Texas fertiliser plant blast> More: Firefighters seek colleagues’ bodies as search for Texas bodies continues>