‘IPU pleased with release of MP Bathiudeen’

MP Rishad Bathiudeen’s media office said yesterday that the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) had stated it was pleased that the parliamentarian was released on bail.

Issuing a press release, the media unit said that the IPU in its official Twitter account stated that “The IPU is pleased that Sri Lankan Parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen was finally released on bail following his arrest on the Prevention of Terrorism Act. The IPU will closely monitor his trial.”

Bathiudeen was arrested by the CID on 24 April 2021 under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act No. 48 of 1979. He was detained for a total of 177 days before he was finally released on bail on 14 October.

“Being a Parliamentarian, the case of Rishad Bathiudeen had drawn the attention of the IPU. The IPU is an international organization comprising 179 national Parliaments and 13 regional Parliamentary assemblies from all over

the globe. Having been established in 1889, the primary goal of the IPU has been to promote democratic governance and accountability. It also has permanent observer status in the United Nations General Assembly. The IPU has considerable influence in the affairs of the United Nations and has contributed towards numerous resolutions of the General Assembly. The investigations of the IPU are still ongoing and have not been made public. It is likely the IPU would take up the case of arbitrary arrest of Rishad Bathiudeen in its upcoming session in November at Madrid, Spain,” Bathiudeen’s media office claimed.

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