Jaffna mayor released on bail

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Mayor of Jaffna Visvalingam Manivannan who was arrested by the Sri Lankan police was released on bail after being produced before the Jaffna Magistrate yesterday (09).

The Mayor had released on two personnel bail of Rs. 200,000 each by the Magistrate. 

Mayor Manivannan was arrested yesterday morning for allowing five of the municipal council’s men to wear uniforms similar to the Colombo municipal council’s men used to wear.

Sri Lankan government says that the Mayor was arrested in connection with offences of the Prevention under Terrorism Act (PTA.

The five men attached to the Jaffna Municipal Council, were deployed in Jaffna town to perform police duties similar to other singala majority municipal and town councils. But Sri Lankan government suppressed Tamils fundamental rights using so called the Prevention under Terrorism Act (PTA).

The recent UN rights commission resolution requests the Government of Sri Lanka to review the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and to ensure that any legislation on combating terrorism complies fully with the State’s international human rights and humanitarian law obligations.

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