Topic Originator: dave67
Date: Tue 23 Apr 07:49
Emergency powers have come into force in Sri Lanka following a series of bomb attacks on Easter Sunday.
The powers, which came into place at midnight local time on Monday, will allow police and the military extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders.
A government minister said militant group National Thawheed Jama'ut was behind the attacks, with Sri Lankan police investigating whether warnings of the attack were ignored or missed before the blasts at eight locations.
Police said there were warnings from international intelligence agencies as early as 4 April, with the defence ministry writing to the police chief five days later.
On 11 April, police wrote to the heads of security of the judiciary and the diplomatic security division, a government spokesman said. It's not clear what action was taken.