Posted by: becketfund | May 14, 2010

Sri Lanka: Muslim Convert to be Tried Under Emergency Law

COLOMBO – The Ministry of Defense detained Sarah Malanie Perera, a Muslim convert from Buddhism, under special emergency laws and charged her with offending Buddhism on March 20, 2010, the Islamic Human Rights Commission reported on May 14.  Perera was released in April but banned from traveling.  Charges against her stem from two books she wrote describing her 1999 conversion from Buddhism to Islam, and authorities assert that her publishing in the Sinhalese language is the cause of offense. The trial is set for May 15.

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