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Rights activists charged under PTA

2014 Mar 18


The two human rights activists who were arrested in Kilinochchi yesterday, were detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said.

He said that the two activists were transferred to Vavuniya and were to be brought to Colombo for further investigations.

Leading human rights activist, Ruki Fernando and a Catholic Priest, Reverend Father Praveen had been detained at the Killnochchi police station last night.

The police spokesman said that the main charges were that they were attempting to create instability among communities and were also allegedly promoting separatism.

Fernando had informed his colleagues via SMS that he and Father Praveen were being questioned separately.

A lawyer who called the Killinochchi police station, was initially informed that no such persons were arrested by the Killinochchi police. However the police later said that two persons had been arrested by a specially appointed unit of the TID and were being held at a separate location in Killinochchi.

Another lawyer who spoke to the OIC of the Killinochchi police station had confirmed that Fernando and Father Praveen were taken in for questioning.

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