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The US government has welcomed the release of Balendran Jayakumari by the Sri Lanka's new government.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki Thursday said that Jeyakumari was among eight detainees freed this week. She has been released on bail pending trial.

"We understand Ms. Jeyakumari has been released on bail pending trial, and we encourage the Government of Sri Lanka to afford the individuals and all detainees due process of law."

"We applaud this positive step and encourage the government to continue its efforts to ensure human rights and fundamental freedoms for all Sri Lankans," Psaki said.

Jeyakumari was arrested last March, accused of sheltering a man trying to revive the LTTE.
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  • will d. harman Saturday, 14 March 2015 12:52 AM

    It would be good if US took similar action on Guantanamo detainees. Some have been held for more than 10 years without a trial

    sobitha Saturday, 14 March 2015 12:53 AM

    Ask her to release the "Muslim " suspects held in Guntanamo bay prison.

    Lokka Friday, 13 March 2015 11:08 AM

    Despicable interference in internal matters of SL by Western countries!

    ramola Friday, 13 March 2015 11:14 AM

    Double standards by the USA as usual. Please keep them out of sri lanka or we will end up like Iraq, Libya etc etc.

    iemerald Friday, 13 March 2015 11:15 AM

    when terorism is against USA everyone is arrested and held captive for decades as in ginta bay. when it affects other countries yhey thr USA wants arrested people released to commit more atrocities.what double standards.even traveling to syria is banned and people arrested for trying.

    Eds Friday, 13 March 2015 11:22 AM

    Yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir !

    Maya Friday, 13 March 2015 11:32 AM

    Jeyakumari lost a son to white van abductors. Never to return.When the protests and struggles of her and her little daughter became annoyance she was thrown in two jail mercilessly for an year without charges with an LTTE story leaving her daughter in the care of a children centre. Now the new govt has released her. Pathetic that many comments are here without knowing the fact due to blackout of news before.

    sss Friday, 13 March 2015 08:08 AM

    while objecting heartily to releasing prisons in Guantanamo bay for decades

    Janaka Friday, 13 March 2015 08:11 AM

    You should see what happens if a person who helped al qaida is arrested. What human rights? What humanity then? That person will be tortured in the concentrations camps of USA.

    kumar Friday, 13 March 2015 07:00 PM

    stupid comments. Pls refer incident. The lady was arrested since some one has allegedly shot at police from her compound. Just imagine yourself in that position. This is a question of basic humane right

    Esala Friday, 13 March 2015 07:10 PM

    She will get USA visa tomorrow and for next court day she is missing

    Siribiris Friday, 13 March 2015 01:05 PM

    Actually release on bail. If bail conditions violate, she will be in again.

    Cheers Friday, 13 March 2015 01:35 PM

    So our leaders do what USA says good to know very soon India will tell you to Scott too

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 13 March 2015 09:51 AM

    Release all

    riz Saturday, 14 March 2015 10:42 AM

    Do whatever according to da law in our country. Never dance as US says.

    upali Friday, 13 March 2015 10:16 AM

    This govt. is slowly giving into the hands of west.

    gayan Friday, 13 March 2015 10:53 AM

    We should arrange a prisoner swap. Our terrorists against their terrorists. See what they say then.

    Mick Friday, 13 March 2015 10:54 AM

    Yahapalana is dancing to western tune and behind them loiters LTTE diaspora

    Aruna Friday, 13 March 2015 04:27 PM

    And now arrest Gota and go to courts against him to make her more happy.


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