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Prominent Human Rights Activists Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen detained in Killinochchi

Written By Freedam to the nation resettlement of IDPs on Sunday, March 16, 2014 | 9:09 PM


Dear 
Colleagues and 
friends, 
At around 10.05 pm tonight, several of his friends and colleagues received a text message from prominent Human Rights Activist,  Ruki and Father Praveen have been detained at the killnochchi police station, apparently on suspicion of a shooting.  Later, Ruki informed a colleague via text, that he and father Praveen were being questioned separately. 

A lawyer who called the Killinochchi police station, was informed that no such persons were arrested by the Killinochchi police or being held at the police station. However the police 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 Killinochchi was informed that Ruki and Praveen were being questioned and a decision regarding their continued detention would be made in the morning. This directly contradicts the version in the para above. 

We don't know the details of arrest or the facts leading up to it. We are very concerned for their safety.


Fred Carver
Campaign Director
The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice
skype: fred_carver

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