Faizer meets alleged “sniper” in Maldives prison

Minister Faizer Mustapha has met a Sri Lankan detainee accused of being a sniper who is now in a Maldives prison.

Lahiru Madhushanka had been accused of plotting to kill former Maldives President Abdulla Yameen.

Mustapha met Madhushanka while he was in the Maldives for the swearing-in ceremony of the new Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, over the weekend .

Sri Lanka is seeking the release of the detainee saying he had been falsely accused in the assassination plot.

Recently Amnesty International said that the Sri Lankan driver who has languished in prison in the Maldives for three years accused of involvement in a dramatic plot to assassinate the island’s former President, has been denied a fair trial and subjected to vicious police beatings that may amount to torture.

Madhushanka arrived in the Maldives to seek a business opportunity in 2015 and suddenly found himself accused of being a highly trained sniper trying to kill President Abdulla Yameen.

His family and lawyer allege he has since been repeatedly denied access to legal representation, and while in custody has been subject to ill-treatment including prolonged solitary confinement and beatings with cables that caused him to temporarily lose hearing in one ear. (Colombo Gazette)



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