Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka authorities arrests ex-governor Azath Salley over controversial speech

Former governor Azath Salley was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department on Tuesday (16) on the advice of the Attorney General.

Attorney General Dappula De Livera had advised the DIG of Criminal Investigations Department that Azath Salley had committed offenses under the Penal Code, Prevention of Terrorism Act, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights over a statement made on the 10th of March.

“Azath Salley to be detained and investigated under the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act” Police Spokesperson said.

Leader of the National Unity Front (NUF) Azath Salley recently made a controversial statement regarding the law of the country triggering several complaints to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

“Attorney General has advised the DIG CID that credible information is disclosed of offences committed under the Penal Code , PTA & the ICCPR Act by Asath Sally former Governor of the Western Province by a Speech made by him on 10.03.2021” AGs department spokeswoman said.


Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana says former Governor of the Western Province was arrested in relation to the Easter Sunday Attack.

He was arrested by CID team around 6pm this evening in Colombo.

It was widely believed that he was arrested for recent comments he made that Muslim would follow Sharia law instead government law. 

However, police spokesman says the arrest was made in connection with Easter attack under the PTA.

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