Senior Sri Lanka officials ordered detained over bombing

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan magistrate has ordered the detention of the country’s suspended police chief and its former defence secretary for alleged negligence leading to Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people at churches and hotels.

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratna ordered the two held until July 9.

Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara were arrested on Tuesday at hospitals where they had been admitted. Both are still in the hospitals under the supervision of prison officials.

The arrests came a day after prosecutors asked police to explain why they had not arrested the two former senior officials despite being instructed to do so.

The government has acknowledged it received intelligence reports about the plot beforehand but failed to act on them.

Sri Lankan Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara (C), leaves after an inspection at St Anthony’s church, one of the sites of Easter Sunday explosions in Colombo. – AP