Sri Lanka has suspended its emergency law imposed after Easter attacks

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Sri Lanka suspended its emergency law on Friday after Easter attacks, a military spokesman said, signaling a return to calm on the island heading for presidential elections this year.

President Maithripala Sirisena decided to enforce the emergency law in April after more than 250 people were killed and 500 wounded in attacks by Islamic militants on churches and luxury hotels on Easter.

Military spokesman Sumith Atapattu told Reuters the military would continue to help police maintain internal security.

The imposition of the state of emergency allowed broad powers for the military and police to arrest and interrogate suspects without judicial authorization.

Sericina had previously announced that all those suspected of links to the attacks had been arrested or killed.

The presidential election is due before December 9, and political parties have already begun their campaigns.


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