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Court blow for Lanka row author

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A BAHRAIN-BASED author arrested under Sri Lanka’s emergency laws will have to wait another five months in the battle to clear her name. Sarah Malanie Perera is facing charges over her book From Darkness to Light, which described her conversion to Islam but was deemed offensive to Buddha.

The 38-year-old was detained on March 20 after being accused of “anti-state” activities and having links to Islamic militants. She was released last month after paying a bail of 50,000 Sri Lankan rupees (BD166). But during the latest hearing at the Colombo Magistrates Court the case adjourned until November 27.

Ms Perera, who first came to Bahrain in 1985, was arrested for allegedly distributing anti-state and anti-government information across the border. However, she claims she was simply trying to send copies of her books to Bahrain and has denied having links to extremists.

The defendant has been charged under two sections of a law that makes it illegal to insult the religion of others. The first carries a maximum 12-month jail sentence, while the second up to two years in prison and a fine more….


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July 2, 2010 at 11:11 pm

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