President issues gazette declaring State of Emergency in Sri Lanka

President issues gazette declaring State of Emergency in Sri Lanka

April 23, 2019   07:16 am

An Extraordinary Gazette notification has been issued by President Maithripala Sirisena, declaring a State of Emergency in Sri Lanka to maintain public security and essential services. 

President’s office had announced that the nationwide emergency law, which gives police and the military sweeping new powers to detain and interrogate suspects without a court’s approval, will go into effect at midnight yesterday.

Sri Lanka is under a state of emergency following bomb attacks at hotels and Christian religious centers in the country Sunday. The attacks killed almost 300 people and wounded hundreds of others. 

The president’s emergency order permits police expanded power to search, seize, arrest, and question people. 

A curfew was also in effect from sunset to sunrise while the government also has blocked most social media websites.

Disclaimer: All the comments will be moderated by the AD editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or slanderous. Please avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment and avoid typing all capitalized comments. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by flagging them(mouse over a comment and click the flag icon on the right side). Do use these forums to voice your opinions and create healthy discourse.

Most Viewed Video Stories

LIVE🔴Ada Derana Prime Time News Bulletin 6.55 pm

LIVE🔴Ada Derana Prime Time News Bulletin 6.55 pm

NEWS IN BRIEF - 'PRIME TIME' 2023.02.03

CEB requests PUCSL approval to impose scheduled power cuts for four days (English)

China asks US not to 'jab fingers at its close cooperation with Sri Lanka' (English)

Anura wants to form a govt trusted by all ethnic communities (English)

Sajith Premadasa vows to improve people's quality of life (English)

Several political parties including SJB to boycott Independence Day celebration

Ready for debt restructuring talks with authorities, Sri Lanka's bondholders tell IMF