CID to investigate allegations against Muslim doctor

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has released a statement, stating that they would launch an investigation into a Muslim doctor, Dr. Mohamed Safi Sihabdeen, who is accused of illegal sterilisation, corruption and supporting terrorism. An investigation launched earlier this July 2019, reported that there was no evidence to support the claims against Dr. Shafi Sihabdeen. Read Colombo Page reporting here .

Swiss embassy employee ordered to undergo psychiatric examination

The Swiss embassy employee who was abducted on November 25 was ordered by the Colombo Magistrate's Court to undergo a psychiatric examination tomorrow. The travel ban imposed on the victim has been further extended until December 17, when the psychiatric report is to be submitted. ColomboPage reported that Attorney-at-law, Upul Kumarapperuma, the victim's representative, requested that the victim be questioned at the Swiss Ambassador's official residence. However, this proposal was rejected by the State counsel on the basis that legal issues may arise. On November 25, the Swiss embassy...

Petition filed to UN after Sri Lanka arrests author for insulting Buddhism

A joint petition by US based law firm, Proskauer Rose LLP and non-profit, Freedom Now has been filed to the United Nations over the arbitrary imprisonment of Sri Lankan author Shakthika Sathkumara by Sri Lankan authorities for allegedly insulting Buddhism.

British prime minister thanks Tamils and hopes for accountability in Sri Lanka

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson released a video thanking the British Tamil community for their contribution to life in the UK and expressed hopes for accountability in Sri Lanka. In a video message that Johnson released on Twitter on the day of Britain’s general election, he said: “I want to thank the Tamil community for everything they do for our country. And I think that the values of the Tamil community and the contribution they make to the NHS, to the entrepreneurship in our country, the value they attach to education, educational achievement make a fantastic difference.” Johnson...

Vavuniya residents mark another massacre

A commemoration for another massacre carried out by the Sri Lankan army in 1984 was held in Vavuniya on Sunday. Twenty-eight Tamil men and boys in Semamadu were woken up from their sleep and rounded up by the army, taken away in military vehicles never to be seen again, assumed to have been massacred. On the same day, December 2, 1984, similar round-ups took place in villages across the Vanni region, including the Cheddikulam massacre where 52 were taken away and killed by the Sri Lankan army, and the Othiyamalai massacre where a total of 32 were killed - 27 shot and killed at the village...

Families decry surveillance as Sri Lankan intel out in force at disappeared protest

Families of the disappeared decried the surveillance and intimidation they endure at the hands of Sri Lankan security and intelligence forces, while Sri Lankan intelligence officers came out in force to photograph and carry out surveillance of a mass rally in Mullaitivu on Tuesday. “We the mothers participating in the struggle are also panicked that we may also go missing after realizing past incidents. As a proof to our dangerous situation, the military interference and surveillance have now increased,” the families said in a letter to the United Nations. “The military intelligence personnel...

‘Trouble brews in post-election Sri Lanka’

The election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as President of Sri Lanka “sent shockwaves across the Tamil-dominated northeast - where memories of his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa's brutal presidency, marked by mass atrocities and enforced disappearances, remain fresh,” writes Mario Arulthas, Advocacy Director at People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL), in a piece for Al Jazeera this week. “Tamils and Tamil-speaking Muslims went to the polls in large numbers, with the vast majority of the northeastern vote going to Premadasa. But it was not enough for his victory. His opponent, Gota, swept the...

Tamil youth hospitalised in Mullaitivu shooting

A Tamil youth was hospitalised from a shooting incident in Mullaitivu. Mallavi police said the incident took place around 4am on Tuesday but did not identify those involved. A 25-year-old was admitted to Kilinochchi hospital. Police said investigations were ongoing and claimed the incident was related to 'personal' issues.

Brigadier linked to Jaffna gangs appointed head of Sri Lanka's intelligence

A Sri Lankan brigadier who had been previously removed from a posting due to links with military-backed gangs causing unrest in Jaffna, has been appointed the head of State Intelligence Service (SIS) by Sri Lanka’s new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Brigadier Suresh Salley was Sri Lanka’s former Director of Military Intelligence (DMI) when a wave of unrest swept through the Jaffna peninsula in 2016, which authorities blamed on the ‘Aava gang’ . Sri Lankan police had also shot dead two Tamil teenagers. Then Sri Lankan health minister Rajiva Senaratne said the military formed the ‘Aava gang’...

Swiss embassy employee to appear before court tomorrow

The Swiss embassy employee who was abducted and assaulted is to appear before before the Fort Magistrate's Court tomorrow. The victim has given statements over the course of three days to Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigations Department. She has also been produced before Colombo's Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) on two occasions. Both the CID and JMO will submit their reports to the court tomorrow. A travel ban was imposed on the victim, barring her from leaving the country until December 12. The victim was abducted, assaulted and then released on November 25 by unidentified men forced her to...

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