Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called for a report on the arrest and detention of human rights defender Balendran Jeyakumari and sources state she would most likely be released by next week, coinciding with the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Sri Lanka.
Jeyakumari (50) was arrested last year during the Rajapaksa regime, under charges of aiding Gobi – an individual, whom the previous government claimed was attempting to revive the LTTE in Sri Lanka.
Sources state PM Wickremesinghe has called for a report on Jeyakumari and it is to be submitted by this week, after which, he would make a decision on her release.
Although Jeyakumari, who turned an avid human rights defender after her son’s disappearance, was arrested under charges of aiding and abetting the revival of the LTTE through Gobi, no charges have been filed against her so far.
Recently, Colombo Telegraph published a letter written by her daughter to the President Sirisena, in which she has begged for her mother’s release.
Upon the election of the new government, Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said they are considering the release of some of the political detainees and subsequently, the Police Chief has submitted a list of 257 names of individuals of Tamil ethnicity who are currently being detained.