Marchers support Sri Lanka official in threat case
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.