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Sri Lanka: AFAD Open Letter re the abduction of Ramasamy Prabaharan

Sri Lanka: AFAD Open Letter re the abduction of Ramasamy Prabaharan

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02/27/2012

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27 February 2012OPEN LETTERHIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE
Office of the President,Temple Trees, 150, Galle Road,Colombo 3, Sri Lanka
 His Excellency President Rajapakse,
The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) is a regional federationof human rights organizations working directly on the issue of enforced or involuntarydisappearances.We are alarmed over the recent disappearance of Mr. Ramasamy Prabaharan on February11, 2012. Armed men wearing civilian clothing reportedly abducted Mr. Prabaharanoutside his home on Central Bank Road, Wellawatte, Colombo 6. The incident happenedaround 3:30 in the afternoon wherein an estimate of seven armed men with rifles and shot guns seized Mr. Prabaharan in his neck and forced him inside a white van with registrationnumber 254-2106. The van reportedly drove towards the area of Dehiwela. After theincident, Mrs. Prabaharan immediately reported the abduction to the Wallewathe PoliceStation registered under complaint number 224/222/GCIB.Prior to his abduction, Mr. Prabahran was detained for 28 months since May 19, 2009 andwas released in September 2011. During his detention, he suffered from prolonged andheavy torture as indicated in the report of the Judicial Medical Officer (JMO).While under the custody of the Colombo Crime Division (CCD), Mr. Prabaharan wasphysically assaulted with blunt objects. He was subjected to other types of physical torturesuch as nail removal, electrocution, hanged suspended in air, stripping, submersion inwater, as well as mental torture i.e. threats of anal penetration using blunt objects, amongothers.Citing his experience of unlawful arrest and detention and torture, Mr. Prabaharan sought judicial remedies by filing a fundamental rights application at the Supreme Court of SriLanka (application no. S/C FR 963/2009) against members of the Sri Lankan police – VaasGunawardena, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP); Anura Senanayake, Deputy Inspector
Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances
Rms. 310-311 Philippine Social Science Center Building Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, 1103 Quezon City PhilippinesTelefax: 00-632-4546759 Telephone Number 00-632-4907862 Mobile 00-63-9177924058Email
afad@surfshop.net.ph
website www.afad-online.org 

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