Aug 24, Colombo: Lifting of emergency regulations will not impact the ban imposed on Islamic terrorist organizations in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Defense affirmed today.
Issuing a media statement, the Ministry of Defense said the terrorist organizations the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), Jamathe Millathe Ibrahim (JMI) and Vilayath As Seylani organisations have been banned under Clause 27 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act No 48 under the Constitution of 1978.
Therefore the banning of these organizations under 2123/3 gazette extraordinaire issued by the President on May 21, 2019 will continue.
Following the Easter Sunday attacks on April 21, President Maithripala Sirisena under Emergency Regulations banned the three Muslim extremist organizations in Sri Lanka.
Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara speaking to media today (August 24) said the lifting of the Emergency Regulations will not be a hindrance to investigations into prohibited organizations and persons involved in terrorist activities or their properties.
Responding to a news report that non-extension of the emergency law will free the alleged terrorists under custody, the spokesman said the ban imposed on the three organizations will remain in place despite the lifting of State of Emergency.
The police spokesman flatly rejected the media reports that 200 terrorists currently in custody in connection with the Easter Sunday attack will be released due to not extending the Emergency Regulations.
He said that all terror suspects who are in custody and detained in connection with the April 21 attacks are subject to the legal provisions under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).
The President has decided not to extend the Emergency Regulations, which need to be approved by the parliament every month and instructed the armed forces to maintain security in the entire island and adjacent waters.