Maldivians arrested in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan authorities release two arrested Maldivians

  • They were arrested during Sri Lanka’s search operation that began after the Easter attacks
  • Authorities extended their remand on 17 May

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K. Male' 2019 May 21 | Tue 16:59 3,079 local

Sri Lankan authorities release two arrested Maldivians - Archive

Sri Lankan authorities have released the two Maldivians arrested following the Easter bombings, on 26 April.

Adam Manik and Hassan Manik were arrested and remanded for 10 days on 27 April while they were in the neighboring country for medical treatment.

On 10 May, Sri Lankan authorities had extended their remands by an additional seven days. Later on 17 May, authorities again increased their remands by three days.

They were arrested during Sri Lanka’s ongoing search operation that began after the Easter attacks. During the operation, Sri Lankan authorities initially arrested 20 Maldivians and re-arrested some after releasing them.

This comes at a time the Maldives Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid held discussions with his counterpart in Sri Lanka, Tilak Marapana on Monday.

The Maldives ambassador earlier said that the Sri Lankan government notified them that a large number of Maldivians have been found with expired visas, and so urged every Maldivian resident to check their documents and renew them if necessary.

With thousands of Maldivian residents, Sri Lanka has the largest Maldivian community outside of the native country.

The Sri Lankan terror attacks on April 21 killed more than 250 people and injured more than 500.

Last updated at: 2 months ago | Reviewed by: Humaam Ali

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