Parliament passed emergency regulations today without a vote.
The emergency regulations give the Police and military more powers to deal with suspects.
The Army said that under the emergency regulations the security forces have been given the powers to search, detain for purposes of such search, or arrest without warrant any person or members of the armed forces.
Accordingly, any member of the armed forces under Regulation 20 (1) may arrest any person on reasonable ground who is committing or has committed or whom he has reasonable ground for suspecting to be concerned in, or to be committing, or to have committed an offence under any emergency regulation, and may search, seize, remove and detain any vehicle, vessel, article, substance or thing whatsoever used in, or in connection with the commission of the offence.
Similarly, any person detained by armed forces under Regulation 20 (2) shall within twenty-four hours be handed over to the nearest Police station for further onward action.
Any person conducting a search under paragraph (1) of this regulation may question any other person present in the premises, place, vehicle or vessel searched or the person who is searched in regard to any matter connected with or relating to the purpose of the search.
Accordingly, as per Regulation 24, every member of the Sri Lanka Army, Navy or the Air Force, be it a Commissioned or Non-Commissioned Officer shall be deemed to have all the powers and rights, vested in a Police officer by virtue of Section 77 (5) of the Prisons Ordinance.