Conditional release for protesting Sri Lankan worker in Maldives

A Maldivian court has granted conditional release for a Sri Lankan expatriate worker residing in the Maldives who was arrested on Wednesday during a protest held in Male’ City against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The Maldives Foreign Ministry earlier warned that the expatriate cannot resort to trade union action during their work stay in the Maldives.

According to the Sun newspaper, the Sri Lankan national was arrested during yesterday’s protest for obstruction of justice and disobeying police instructions.

A Police Spokesperson told Sun that when presented before Court for a remand hearing on Thursday, the protester was granted conditional release. However, the conditions of the release were not disclosed by the Spokesperson. Police said that they were investigating the case further.

Sri Lankans residing in Maldives, on Wednesday, staged a protest at Carnival Area in Male’ City which was prompted by President Rajapaksa’s arrival in the Maldives.Around 150 people participated in the protest. They urged against letting President Rajapaksa take refuge in the Maldives. Some posters held by protestors read that President Rajapaksa had driven Sri Lanka into bankruptcy.

The protest saw the partition of some Maldivian citizens as well. They urged against granting asylum to President Rajapaksa.

by Daily News Sri Lanka

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