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Priest, human-rights worker released after arrest in Sri Lanka

Catholic World News - March 19, 2014

A priest and a human-rights worker who were arrested on “terrorism” charges on March 16 have been released.

Father Praveen, the director of the Center for Peace and Reconciliation in Jaffna, was arrested along with Ruki Fernando were taken into custody after they asked questions about the earlier arrest of Tamil woman. Police said they were arrested for “causing discomfort to the government and earning money by sharing information with foreign countries.”

Although the two were released without facing criminal charges, Fernando told the AsiaNews service that he remains "extremely concerned for the safety of other activists who work with me and others who have been in contact with me. At the same time I am moved by the support received.”

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