Ruki Fernando and Fr. Praveen who were detained on March 16 under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) are being released a short while ago.
Last evening the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN exercising its right of reply said; The detention on 16th March of Mr. Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen under the PTA were in connection with an investigation into attempts to revive the LTTE by operatives, including the recovery of the arms caché at Vishwamadu and the shooting incident in Dharmapuram involving Gobi. Investigations have revealed that Mr. Fernando and Father Praveen had been in Killinochchi engaging with persons connected to Gobi. Their questioning is continuing at present to ascertain the whereabouts of Gobi and other related operatives.