Ending State of Emergency does not revoke ban on extremist groups, Police Spokesman says

Ending State of Emergency does not revoke ban on extremist groups, Police Spokesman says

25 August 2019 10:30 am

Ending of state of emergency will not affect the ban on extremist groups and the investigations into Easter Sunday attacks, Police Spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara said on Saturday (24).

Addressing a media briefing, the Police Spokesperson said newspaper reports claiming that the ban on extremist groups would be revoked and those in custody over terrorist allegations would be released are false. 

The suspects in connection to Easter Sunday attacks are being detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, Gunasekara said. Withdrawing state of emergency would not be revoking their detainment, neither will have any effect on future arrests, he emphasized. 

Investigations into the suspects and the steps taken to freeze their assets would not be barred either, he added. 

The National Thowheed Jamath, Jamathei Millathu Ibrahim, and Willayath As Seylani extremist groups were banned in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings after a state of Emergency was announced by the government.

MIAP