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Muslim man detained under PTA for alleged Gota murder plot, 4 Tamils bailed

Sri Lankan police have detained a Muslim man under Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) regulations, reportedly investigating an alleged plot to assassinate Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa or one of him family members. Four Tamil men who were also arrested were released on bail shortly after.

The five were all tenants of a house in Jayawardenapura and arrested by Katunayake police.

While the testimonies purportedly showed that four of the arrested - all Tamils - did not have any intention in partaking in the plot and so released on bail, the remaining suspect is being detained under a  PTA detention order for 72 hours, obtained from the Minuwangoda court.

The court will take up the case again on Saturday.