Lifting emergency would not release people detained under it, Sri Lanka Justice Ministry official says

Aug 28, Colombo: The Justice Ministry of Sri Lanka says the removal of emergency regulations would not result in the release of some 6,000 persons detained under the emergency regulations and their release is to be decided by the Attorney General.

Justice Ministry Secretary Suhada Gamlath has noted that the lapse of the emergency regulations would not result in the release of the persons detained under the regulations.

He has said there are other laws under which they could be detained.

However, Democratic Left Front Secretary and National Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara yesterday stated that the removal of the emergency regulations would result in the immediate release of those detained under emergency.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week proposed the lifting of emergency regulations that have been in place during the period of war.

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