Azath Salley released: President revokes detention order

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Former Deputy Mayor of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC), Azath Salley, was released from CID custody yesterday afternoon  after President Mahinda Rajapaksa revoked the detention order ending his eight-day detention under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

Salley was arrested on 2 May for allegedly making racially inflammatory statements in Tamil Nadu, against Sri Lanka.

The detention order  had been revoked after Salley submitted an affidavit to the President in which he denied having supported or advocated any group to take up arms against the country.

In his affidavit, Salley stated that he had been misquoted in an  interview that appeared in Tamil Nadu-based magazine, Junior Vikatan, and said the magazine concerned carried a correction subsequent to his request.

He also maintained that he attended a conference organized by the Popular Front of India, an organization about which he had no prior knowledge.

He added that he was a ‘patriotic citizen of Sri Lanka’ who stood by the sovereignty of the country.

Shortly after his release, he was admitted to a private hospital in Colombo as he had engaged in a continuous fast in protest against his arrest.

Family members said , they hoped that Salley would recover enough by tomorrow to issue an official statement.

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ප‍්‍රශ්ණ කිරීම සඳහා අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන සිටි කොළඹ හිටපු උප නගරාධිපති සහ දෙමළ මුස්ලිම් සන්ධානයේ නායක අසාද් සාලි මහතා මුදා හැර තිබේ.අසාද් සාලි මහතා තුන් මාසයක් රඳවා ගැනීම සඳහා ගෙන තිබූ නියෝගය ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා විසින් අවලංගු කර ඇත.නිදහස් ලද සාලි මහතා මේ වන විට අධික උණ සහ දියවැඩියා රෝගී තත්වය නිසා කොලඹ නවලෝක රෝහලට ඇතුලත් කර තිබේ.

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