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Sri Lanka proposes extending police detentions

Sri Lanka proposes extending police detentions

Sri Lanka's Parliament is debating legislation that gives police powers to detain and question a suspect for two days without charges, which critics say is part of the government's suppression of dissent.
Cabinet minister Anura Yapa introduced the legislation Tuesday and said it is aimed at curbing organized crime. It proposes to extend the police detention period from 24 hours to 48 hours.
Lawyer and activist Chandrapala Kumarage calls the proposals "draconian" and says suspects could be subjected to torture during an extended detention period.
Sri Lanka's parliament and President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently removed the country's chief justice, a move the opposition claims was aimed at solidifying the Rajapaksa family's hold on power.


Updated : 2021-06-16 21:28 GMT+08:00