Sri Lanka Prez further extends state of emergency

In a surprise move, Sri Lanka extends emergency over Easter Sunday terror attacks

In a surprise move, Sri Lanka extends emergency over Easter Sunday terror attacks

In May, Sirisena had told diplomats from Australia, Canada, Japan, the United States and European states that the situation was nearly back to normal, and he would allow the Emergency to lapse on June 22, PTI reported.

Earlier on May 22, President Sirisena extended the Emergency by a month as security forces continued nationwide raids to hunt down suspects linked to the attacks.

On April 21, 2019, 258 people were killed in a series of suicide bombings targeting Christians on Easter Sunday. The "Islamic State" militant group claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks.

According to the notification, the Emergency was in effect for public security, preservation of public order and maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the countrymen, the Colombo Page reported. In the wake of the attacks, the Sri Lankan government implemented sweeping emergency laws that give the military and police widespread powers including that of arrest and detention with little or no judicial oversight.

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There was no immediate word from the government on why Mr Sirisena changed his mind, but security remains tight in the capital.

The extension last month was opposed by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Also, two cases being heard on the regulations in courts. "We truly have ensured security today", Wickremesinghe said. "As we work with our Sri Lankan partners to respond to the bad attacks of Easter Sunday, we must maintain our emphasis on post-war reconciliation and the importance of justice and accountability".

Attorney General Dappula de Livera directed acting Inspector General of Police Chandana Wickramaratne to conduct the probe against the officers found liable for criminal negligence during an inquiry commission appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena.

The bombings also caused significant damage to Sri Lanka's tourism sector.

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