Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) concluded that there is “no justification” for the arrest of a Muslim doctor accused of sterilising Sinhala women, yet the man continues to be held in custody.
Court documents seen by AFP show that Sri Lanka’s CID found no evidence to support any of the allegations against Mohamed Shafi and instead said that Deputy Inspector General of Police Kithsiri Jayalath, chief in Shafi's home region of Kurunegala, fabricated evidence and fed it to Sinhalese newspapers.
"There is no justification for the arrest of Dr. Shafi," the CID concluded.
His continued detention comes amidst growing anti-Muslim rhetoric on the island, leading to threats and attacks on Muslim homes and businesses.
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