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Sri Lankan accused of being a “sniper” and detained in Maldives for three years, returned home today

Colombo, 23 November,

A Sri Lankan national Lahiru Madhushanka accused of 00being a “sniper” plotting to kill former Maldives President Abdulla Yameen.

It is learnt that Madhushanka was freed owing to lack of evidence.

Minister Faizer Mustapha had recently met Madushanka in prison. Mustapha met him while he was in the Maldives for the swearing-in ceremony of the new Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, over the weekend.

Right throughout, Sri Lanka sought the release of the detainee saying he had been falsely accused.

Madhushanka earlier 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.

However, Madhushanka’s family had denied the allegations insisting that he went to the Maldives seeking employment, but did not get to meet the contact person there. After a few days, he has decided to return to Sri Lanka and the Maldivian authorities arrested him at the airport.

Though the trial has been underway, the last hearing was held in September 2016 as the trial had stalled.

His family and lawyer alleged 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.

Earlier, his family and lawyer alleged 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.

Amnesty has called on the Maldives government to release Lahiru unless there is sufficiently credible and admissible evidence against him adding that he must be provided with frequent access to a lawyer, medical care and right to freedom of religion in accordance with local and international law.

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