Apr 24, 2021

Lawyer says Rishad's arrest is politically motivated

A lawyer representing Rishad Bathiudeen says the arrests of Rishad and his brother were politically motivated.

Lawyer Rushdhie Habeeb also urged party members and well-wishers to stay calm.

Both Rishad and brother Reyaj were arrested early Saturday.

Rishad is the leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC)

In his statement, lawyer Habeeb says "we are instructed to state that the arrests are politically motivated. The ACMC supported the present opposition at the last Presidential and General Elections. The ACMC is today a part of the country’s opposition. "

"The ACMC also represents a predominant share of the Muslim community. This is a racially revengeful process to punish the political leadership of the Muslims, which had nothing to do with 21/4, for the dastardly acts of some Muslim youths who were widely alleged, as having been used as pawns by foreign powers."

"At the outset we have been asked to appeal to the members, well- wishers and the island-wide voters of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC), a registered political party with four elected Members of Parliament and 169 members of local authorities, to stay calm and continue the fasting in this holy month of Ramazan." he stated in the statement.