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Saturday, 27 February 2016 17:32

Maldives court again extends Sri Lankan sniper's remand

Maldives court again extends Sri Lankan sniper's remand
A Maldivian court has again extended the remand of a Sri Lankan sniper brought into Maldives as part of an alleged assassination attempt on the country's president by an additional 10 days, remand police announced Saturday.

According to Colombo Page, confirming the arrest of the Sri Lankan sniper for the first time, Maldivian Police said in a statement in November that the 27-year-old man was arrested on October 24. He has been remanded by the Criminal Court.

Some Sri Lankan media outlets have, however, reported that the man was an importer of Maldives dry fish. Sri Lanka’s The Sunday Times had identified the man as 24-year-old Lahiru Madhushanka.

In the latest blow to the case, police announced Sunday that three people arrested for allegedly hiring the Sri Lankan sniper have been released. A police spokesperson said the three men arrested on December 17 were released by the Criminal Court for lack of evidence.

Home minister Umar Naseer however, told reporters on Thursday that investigators have a very solid case concerning the sniper.

"Either way, it was an assassination attempt on the president," he said.

The Sri Lankan sniper's arrest affected the relations between the Maldives and Sri Lanka, which accused the Maldives of using historically warm bilateral ties to crackdown on Maldivian political and social media activists.

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