Mohamed Imaam Mohamed Imran was 20 years old when he was detained, on May 9, 2019, under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Three years after his arrest, the now 23-year-old has still not been charged with an offence, and the state has yet to provide any evidence of him committing an internationally recognizable crime. Mohamed Imran must be immediately released, or promptly charged with recognizable offense, in accordance with international standards.
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Director of Terrorism Investigation Division
Mr. A.R.P.J. Alwis
No. 149, Bootani Capital Building,
Polhengoda, Colombo 05
Fax: +94 11 2384403
Email: [email protected]
Dear Mr. A.R.P.J Alwis,
I write in relation to the case of Mohamed Imaam Mohamed Imran
, a computer engineering student, who was arrested by the police in Kattankudy on May 9, 2019, under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), when he was just 20-years-old. Three years since his detention, Imran is yet to be charged and the state has not produced any evidence of him committing an internationally recognizable crime. This is a violation of Imran’s rights to be free from arbitrary arrest, and to be promptly informed of any charges against him.
According to Imran’s family, upon his arrest, no arrest receipt or detention order was provided to them. A detention order was only issued to Imran on March 29, 2022, two years and ten months after Imran’s arrest. These procedural lapses, along with abusive provisions within the PTA, violate due process safeguards and international human rights law.
Imran has only been produced in court four times since his arrest, the last time being September 2021. The lack of judicial oversight and prolonged administrative detention in this case leaves Imran at risk of torture or other ill-treatment at the hands of the police.
The prolonged detention without charge of Mohamed Imaam Mohamed Imran is a violation of international fair trial standards and the authorities’ legal obligations in line with Sri Lanka’s obligations under the ICCPR.
I therefore urge you to release Mohamed Imaam Mohamed Imran, or if there is sufficient evidence of criminal wrongdoing, promptly charge him with a recognisable offence, in accordance with international standards. Pending release or charge, authorities must ensure his fair trial rights are guaranteed, that he has the right to challenge the lawfulness of his detention, and has access to fair bail hearings.