|Colombo says detained activists released
Police in Sri Lankan said two prominent human rights activists whose arrests over the weekend drew international criticism have been released.
Ruki Fernando of Colombo-based INFORM and the Rev. Praveen Mahesan, a Catholic priest, were released late Tuesday, said police spokesman Ajith Rohana.
Rohana said police had not yet decided whether to charge the two activists.
They had been detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act for trying to create communal disharmony and disturbance.
Fernando, an adviser on documenting human rights issues, and Mahesan, from the Center for Peace and Reconciliation, have been prominent in promoting human rights and media freedom in northern Sri Lanka, where Tamil terrorism raged for decades.
Last week, authorities in the northern town of Kilinochchi arrested an outspoken activist, Balendran Jeyakumari, and her 13-year-old daughter, who were campaigning for the release of relatives missing from the war. The military said they were arrested for harboring a former rebel who shot at police.
Fernando and Mahesan were arrested when they visited Kilinochchi to investigate Jeyakumari's case.—AP