Colombo: Hundreds of Muslims in Sri Lanka have marched across the capital, Colombo, expressing solidarity with a government minister who has been asked to appear before courts for allegedly threatening a judge.
Seven lawyers have filed a case accusing minister Rishad Bathiudeen of threatening and intimidating a judge who made a ruling last week that the marchers believe favoured ethnic Tamils over Muslims.
Bathiudeen is also a Muslim.
The judge`s ruling concerned property rights in a fishing village in the northern Mannar district.
The marchers walked to the President`s office after today`s prayers. They shouted slogans and held placards that praised Bathiudeen for protecting the rights of Muslims in Mannar and urging the government to solve the hardships faced by the Muslims there.