Azath Salley arrested

Muslim Tamil National Alliance leader and former member of the Colombo Municipal Council Azath Salley, was arrested this morning.

Salley’s media office said that officers of the police Criminal Investigations Department  (CID) and the Special Task Force carried out the arrest at his Kolonnawa residence.

Police spokesman SP Budhika Siriwardena said that the politician was arrested over some complaints lodged with the CID.

Salley had earlier gone into hiding following fears he will be arrested over some public comments he had made recently.

In March Sally had told the Colombo Gazette that police officers had gone to his house to arrest him and he had then filed for bail through his lawyers.

Also in March the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) had issued summons on Salley to appear at the CCD office. Sally however did not go to the CCD office.

At the time he suspected the summons may have had something to do with a letter he sent to the UN.

The Muslim Tamil National Alliance, in a letter sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, had said that radical members of the Buddhist clergy were taking the law into their hands, with the enforcers of the law watching from the sidelines.

Salley urged the UN to draw the attention of the Government of Sri Lanka to international standards relevant to the protection and promotion of the rights of minorities. (Colombo Gazette)