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A Sri Lankan woman taken into custody last month for writing books about her conversion to Islam for Buddhism is being investigated for possible links to Islamic extremists, police said Saturday.

Last weekend, police said the woman, identified as Malini Perera, was taken into custody under tough emergency laws over allegations of "anti-state" activities but they did not elaborate.

But on Saturday, police spokesman Prashantha Jayakody said Perera was being held while police investigate "possible links to Islamic militants."

"She has not been formally charged yet because police are still investigating the case," Jayakody told AFP. He accused the writer of "insensitive religious writings."

The author, a native Sri Lankan who is resident in Bahrain, was detained while holidaying on the island after trying to mail copies of her books to undisclosed recipients abroad.

The books are titled "From Darkness to Light" and "Questions and Answers." Perera's lawyer, Lakshan Dias, said the writer was a victim of religious intolerance.

"Her writings don't insult any religion. They're a collection of opinion pieces on the way Buddhism is being practised," Dias told AFP.

He rejected allegations that his client had any links to religious extremists. (AFP)
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  • Saturday, 03 April 2010 06:30 PM

    Goodness gracious, what will the world think of us Sri Lankans???

    Saturday, 03 April 2010 07:03 PM

    once again Sri Lanka proved to the world that there is no freedom of speech, freedom of writing etc., This Sri lanka style barbarick democracy.

    Sunday, 04 April 2010 02:39 AM

    Again human right violation , "state of emergency ' is once again misused

    Sunday, 04 April 2010 04:22 AM

    Who knows , she must be one. of the wives of Osama Bin Laden!!!!!

    Saturday, 03 April 2010 03:43 PM

    she is a jihadist for sure, good that she was nabbed early. who knows what other plans she may have had other than mailing books.

    Saturday, 03 April 2010 03:47 PM

    No freedom of expression to other religions in Sri lanka


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