Apr 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena in a gazette notification has declared a State of Emergency in Sri Lanka to maintain public security and essential services.
The Extraordinary Gazette notification stating that the clauses that deal with the Prevention of Terrorism will be brought under Emergency Regulations has been issued midnight Monday.
"I am of the opinion that by the reason of a public emergency in Sri Lanka, it is expedient, so to do, in the interest of public security, the preservation of public order and the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the community; Know you that, I, Maithripala Sirisena, President, by virtue of the powers vested in me by Section 2 of the Public Security Ordinance (Chapter 40) as amended by Act, No. 8 of 1959, Law No. 6 of 1978 and Act, No. 28 of 1988, do by this Proclamation declare that the provisions of Part II of that Ordinance, shall come into operation throughout Sri Lanka on and after April 22, Two Thousand and Nineteen," the President's gazette notification said.
President's office had announced that the nationwide emergency law, which gives police and the military new powers to detain and interrogate suspects without a court's approval, will be effective from midnight Monday.
The decision to gazette the antiterrorism regulations was taken at the National Security Council meeting presided over by the President yesterday.
Meanwhile, the bill on the emergency law will be presented before the parliament for debate on April 24th at a parliamentary session between 10 am and 4 pm.