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Sarah more disappointed her lawyer didn’t show up in court

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Bahrain-based author on trial for blasphemy in Colombo have hit out after her case was adjourned again. Sarah Malanie Perera has been in custody for eight months after being arrested in Sri Lanka for the publication of a book, which described her conversion from Buddhism to Islam.

Her family was hoping she may finally be released as the 38-year-old’s trial resumed at the Colombo Magistrate Court yesterday. But instead the case was adjourned until December 24 after her lawyer failed to show up

A travel ban has been imposed on Ms Perera since her arrest and she has been unable to return to Bahrain to see her family since.

“I am very disappointed after Sarah’s case was adjourned,” said Ms Perera’s sister Mariam. “I was more disappointed when she told me that her lawyer, Lakshan Dias, didn’t show up in court.

“He travelled out of Sri Lanka on Friday, despite knowing about the hearing.” Mariam said the family now wanted human rights activists in Sri Lanka and Bahrain to investigate and follow up the case.

“She (Sarah) was crying and I couldn’t say anything, as I was emotional myself,” she said after speaking to her sister via a brief telephone call.

“I don’t know what’s happening and why they are not allowing her to come back to Bahrain.”

Ms Perera, who first came to Bahrain in 1985, was arrested for allegedly distributing anti-state and anti-government information across the border related to her book From Darkness to Light.

However, she claims she was simply trying to send copies of the book along with another she wrote to Bahrain and denied having links to extremists.

Ms Perera was detained on March 20 after being accused of “anti-state” activities and having links to Islamic militants.

She was released in June after paying a bail of 50,000 Sri Lankan rupees (BD166), having 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 can result in up to two years in prison and a fine. Her lawyer has previously argued she had no intention of insulting the Buddhist faith and there were no grounds for a criminal case. However, prosecutors claimed her book was offensive to Buddhists. gulf-daily

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November 28, 2010 at 6:59 am

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  1. again very sad news Honourable justice minister take this into account


    November 28, 2010 at 9:23 am

  2. WHERE IS THE MUSLIM LAWYERS ASSOCIATION THEY SAY IN THEIR WEBSITE ”Muslim lawyers association works on issues of importance and significant to Muslims in Sri Lanka as well as highlighting issues that affect Muslims internationally.’ BUT CAN NOT SEEN IN THE CASE ?????????????


    November 28, 2010 at 10:07 am

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