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Writer Sarah, still in detention

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Blow for author

A BAHRAIN-BASED author arrested in Sri Lanka for allegedly offending Buddhism suffered a new blow yesterday after she was remanded in custody for another two weeks.

Sarah Malanie Perera, detained in the capital Colombo, had been held without charge since being detained on March 20.

Her family had hoped she would be released after appearing before judges, but was never brought to the Supreme Court.

However, she did speak to Notary Public Licences Company secretary and lawyer Lakshan Dias, who is also a human rights consultant.

The 38-year-old, who earlier converted to Islam, was detained after writing two books in Sinhalese, one of which was allegedly offensive to Lord Buddha.

Ms Perera’s lawyers filed a case at the Supreme Court in Colombo on March 30 demanding her immediate release, but it also stalled after police never brought her to court. more ..


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April 7, 2010 at 11:56 am

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