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CaFFE and CHR commends the release of Jeyakumari

2015 Mar 10

Balendran Jeyakumari, who was held under detention orders for close to a year, was released on bail today. Colombo magistrate Aruni Attygalle released her on a Rs. 200 000 bail and band her from leaving the country.

 

Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) and Center for Human Rights and Research (CHR) sees this as a positive development. The two organizations last week urged the government to either file charges or release Jeyakumari.

 

She was arrested last year alleging that she harboured those who wanted to revitalize the LTTE terror group. However for almost a year the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) has not charged her and have continuously stated that their investigations have not concluded. Jeyakumari was arrested on March 13, 2014 in Kilinochchi. She was sent to Boossa detention camp and her 13 year old daughter was sent to Maha Devan Children's Home, Kilinochchi. CHR and the other human rights activists state that her husband and two sons were killed during the war and another son had disappeared after surrendering to the army. However after seeing a photograph of her son in military custody Jeyakumari and her daughter had been attempting to find him and also became a vocal activist seeking justice for those who disappeared.

 

Meanwhile the police claimed that Jeyakumari was arrested after an LTTE suspect was found in her house. The LTTE suspect had fled after attacking the police during which one policeman was shot and injured.

 

CaFFE and CHR again commends the government for releasing Balendran Jeyakumari and urge the government to expedite the prosecution or release of other detainees

 

 

 

 

 

Media Unit – CaFFE                                                                                 

 

 

March 10, 2015

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