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Sri Lanka: Vibushika Released From Probation

Kilinochchi Magistrate Court on Thursday (26) ordered the release Balendran Vibushika from probation with immediate effect.

Vibushika, the daughter of Balendran Jeyakumari, was transferred to probationary custody in a children’s home in Kilinochchi after her mother’s arrest in March 2014.

Jeyakumari was detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) with no chargers filed.

Sri Lankan authorities had maintained that she harbored Selvanayagam Kajeepan alias Gobi, who allegedly tried reviving a network of the rebel Tigers. Gobi was also one of the three suspects that the Sri Lankan armed forces shot dead in April 2014 when they “attempted to escape”, according to the Sri Lanka Army.

However Jeyakumari, who was also an activist against involuntary disappearances, was released on bail Colombo Magistrate Court, 362 days after her detention on March 10.

Following Jeyakumari’s release on bail Kilinochchi Magistrate Court ordered authorities to hand over Vibushika to her mother’s custody.
Asian Mirror


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