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Sri Lanka's top police sleuth suspended over phone calls

Jan. 8, 2020 7:26 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan police have suspended a leading investigator who probed the killings of journalists and alleged abductions during the presidency of the current president's brother for discussing a politically sensitive murder case in a phone call with a government minister. The police...

FILE- In this Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 file photo, a Swiss Embassy employee who was detained pending charges that she made statements to create disaffection toward the government and fabricated evidence, center, walks out with two unidentified embassy employees after getting bail in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Swiss embassy in Sri Lanka  has recalled that the safety of diplomatic missions is a responsibility of the host state, days after a local Swiss embassy staffer detained for two weeks for allegedly causing disaffection toward the government was released on bail. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

Switzerland stresses diplomatic safety in Sri Lanka arrest

Jan. 1, 2020 4:41 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Swiss Embassy in Sri Lanka said that the safety of diplomatic missions is the responsibility of the host state, days after a local staffer who complained of being assaulted was released on bail while being investigated for maligning the government. Before her arrest, the Sri...

Sandya Ekneligoda, the wife of abducted Sri Lankan journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda addresses the media in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Prageeth went missing in 2010 during the presidency of Mahinda Rajapaksa, the brother of current President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Abducted Sri Lanka journalist's wife: Military derails case

Dec. 31, 2019 6:03 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The wife of an abducted Sri Lankan journalist is accusing the military of trying to derail a court case in which nine soldiers have been charged with her husband's abduction and enforced disappearance nearly 10 years ago. Sandya Ekneligoda, who has struggled for years to seek...

A Swiss Embassy employee who was detained pending charges that she made statements to create disaffection toward the government and fabricated evidence, center, walks out with two unidentified embassy employees after getting bail in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Swiss Embassy worker detained in Sri Lanka gets bail

Dec. 30, 2019 7:18 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan Court on Monday granted bail to a Swiss Embassy employee who was detained pending charges that she made statements to create disaffection toward the government and fabricated evidence. Before her arrest, the employee, a Sri Lankan national, had reportedly said she was...

FILE- In this Dec. 23, 2019, file photo, former Cabinet minister Rajitha Senaratne participates in a protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A Sri Lankan court granted bail Monday to the former Cabinet minister who was arrested for participating in a news conference about abductions of critics under the government of the current president's brother. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

Sri Lanka ex-minister arrested for news conference gets bail

Dec. 30, 2019 4:20 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court granted bail Monday to a former Cabinet minister who was arrested for participating in a news conference about abductions of critics under the government of the current president's brother. Police arrested Rajitha Senaratne, now an opposition lawmaker, last...

In this Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, photo, former Cabinet minister Rajitha Senaratne participates in a protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan police arrested the hospitalized former Cabinet minister on Friday, Dec. 27, for alleged involvement in organizing a news conference about abductions under the government of the current president's brother. Lawyer Gunaratna Wanninayake said Senarathna, now an opposition lawmaker, was arrested at a private hospital where he was admitted on Thursday. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lankan police arrest second former Cabinet minister

Dec. 27, 2019 8:32 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan police arrested a hospitalized former Cabinet minister on Friday for participating in a news conference about abductions of critics under the government of the current president's brother. Lawyer Gunaratna Wanninayake said Rajitha Senarathna, now an opposition...

FILE- In this Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 file photo, Sri Lankan politician Patali Champika Ranawaka who was the urban development minister before current President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected, gestures as prison officers escort him to a magistrate court after his arrest in Colombo, Sri Lanka,. A Sri Lankan court on Tuesday granted bail to the former Cabinet minister who was arrested last week over a years-old traffic accident, a detention the opposition claim is part of a government witch-hunt of political opponents. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

Sri Lankan ex-minister arrested over car accident gets bail

Dec. 24, 2019 5:33 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court on Tuesday granted bail to a former Cabinet minister who was arrested last week over a years-old traffic accident, a detention the opposition says is part of a government witch hunt of political opponents. Patali Champika Ranawaka's political defection in 2014...

Sri Lankan opposition supporters gather to protest against the arrest of a former Cabinet minister whose political defection in 2014 triggered the fall of the government led by Mahinda Rajapksa, a brother of the current president Gotabaya Rajapksa, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. Protesters urged authorities to release Patali Champika Ranawaka who was was arrested last week over a 2016 traffic accident in which a young motorcyclist was seriously injured. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Opposition lawmakers protest arrest of ex-Cabinet minister

Dec. 23, 2019 10:06 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — About 200 opposition lawmakers and supporters protested in Sri Lanka's capital on Monday to condemn the arrest of a former Cabinet minister whose political defection in 2014 triggered the fall of the government led by the brother of the current president. The protesters carried...

Sri Lankan leader says he became victim in abduction claim

Dec. 19, 2019 11:09 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said Thursday that he has become the victim in the alleged abduction of a Swiss Embassy employee who was reportedly threatened and sexually abused to disclose embassy-related information. Rajapaksa said reports of the alleged abduction...

FILE- In this Nov. 18, 2014 file photo,Sri Lankan Technology and Research Minister Champika Ranawaka addresses a press conference, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan police arrested the former Cabinet minister on Wednesday over a 2016 traffic accident in which a young person was seriously wounded, state media reported. The minister called his arrest political revenge.. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

Former Sri Lankan minister arrested over 2016 road accident

Dec. 18, 2019 1:21 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan police arrested a former cabinet minister on Wednesday over a 2016 traffic accident in which a young man riding a motorcycle was seriously injured, state media reported. The former minister has called the government's decision to reopen a criminal case that had been...