Alleged Sri Lankan “sniper” freed by Maldives returns home

A Sri Lankan accused of being a “sniper” and detained in the Maldives for three years, returned home today after he was freed this week.

The Maldives freed Lahiru Madhushanka after he served three years in jail on being accused of plotting to kill former Maldives President Abdulla Yameen.

Madhushanka was freed owing to lack of evidence.

Minister Faizer Mustapha had recently met Madhushanka in prison.

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 sought the release of the detainee saying he had been falsely accused in the assassination plot.

Responding to the news that Lahiru Madhushanka was released Amnesty International’s South Asia Research Director, Dinushika Dissanayake, said it was a relief to hear that Madhushanka had been acquitted of all charges and released by the Maldivian authorities.

She said that for three years Lahiru experienced agonizing treatment where he was denied basic fair trial rights and was subject to a catalogue of serious human rights violations.

“Lahiru was beaten, denied medical care and held in solitary confinement in the most deplorable prison conditions. We hope Lahiru gets due reparations and justice for what he endured. Complaints of torture and other ill-treatment must be investigated independently and transparently as a matter of urgency.”

Amnesty International also called on the Maldivian authorities to guarantee humane conditions of detention, freedom from torture and other ill-treatment and access to free and fair trial for all persons imprisoned in the Maldives. (Colombo Gazette)


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