Sri Lanka extends state of emergency

Sri Lanka’s parliament Wednesday extended by a further month the state of emergency imposed shortly after the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. Sri Lanka’s parliament Wednesday extended by a further month the state of emergency imposed shortly after the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. Parliament voted 118 for and 24 against the tough laws that allow security forces and police to arrest and detain suspects for long periods without a warrant from a magistrate.

The ruling party and its allies as well as the main opposition voted for the extension of the emergency while legislators from the minority Tamil community opposed the measure.

The emergency was imposed shortly after the August 12 assassination of Kadirgamar. The government accused Tiger rebels of being responsible, a charge rejected by the guerrillas.

Police have already arrested two men allegedly involved in the gunning down of the minister as he emerged from his swimming pool at his private home here.

The rebels had asked the government to lift the state of emergency, saying it was putting pressure on an already tenuous ceasefire.

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