Sri Lanka Prime Minister D.M. Jayarathna said in the parliament that the arrest of former Colombo Deputy Mayor Azath Sally was made under section 120 of Penal Code of Sri Lanka.
This is the said section 120 of the Penal Code:
Whoever by words, either spoken or intended to be read, or by
signs; or by visible representations, or otherwise, excites or attempts
to excite feelings of disaffection to the Queen or Her Government in
Ceylon, or excites or attempts to excite hatred to or contempt of the
administration of justice, or excites or attempts to excite the Queen
subjects to procure, otherwise than by lawful means, the alteration of
any matter by law established, or attempts to raise discontent or
disaffection amongst the Queens subjects, or to promote feelings of
ill-will and hostility between different classes of such People, shall
be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to two
This is the English translation of the Tamil written interview which published in Vikatan website of India:
MUSLIMS WILL ALSO TAKE UP ARMS- SAYS AZAD SALLY
(Saturday, 20 April 2013, 06:50 AM GMT) (VIKETAN)
We met the participant at the seminar on ‘The Right of Sri Lankan Tamils’ organized by the Popular Front of India, in Chennai.
Q: There is news that attack against Muslims has started in Sri Lanka?
A: The first attack in Sri Lanka was against Muslims in the riots of 1915 between Sinhalese and Muslims.
Recently in 2011, after the war with the Tigers, a Dharga in
Anuradhapura was demolished by Buddhist monks in the presence of the
In 2012 a mosque in Dambulla was demolished. By demolishing over 10
mosques and madrasas, the Sinhalese have started attacking the Muslims
No one pays any attention to the fact that soldiers are harassing Muslim women wearing the burqua.
Their intentions can be gauged from the statement of the
Rajapakse-supporting Sinhala party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya, that a war
like that of 1915 is unavoidable.
As a first step to this war, the issue of Halal certification has been banned in Sri Lanka.
If so, there will be no alternative to taking up arms. For saying
this, the The Bodu Bala Sena has said that I should be arrested.
Q: What actions have you taken to ensure the safety of the Muslims?
A: When America brought forward the resolution on Sri Lanka, I
submitted an appeal that the safety of the minority Tamils, Muslims and
Christians should be also assured.
Further, we requested the Ambassadors of 24 countries, including
those of 8 Muslim countries supportive of Sri Lanka and demanded that
they speak on behalf of the minorities.
We are trying to bring this issue to the attention of the world community.
Q: There was information before that the Tamils and Muslims were alienated. How is the situation now?
A: The Muslims were driven out of the territory under Tiger control
before. From then the Muslim organizations started to differ. The
Tigers should not have done that. If they had embraced the Muslims, the
situation could have developed differently. Prabhaharan missed several
opportunities. This has been beneficial only to the Rajapaksa family.
Q: The actions (activities) of Rajapaksa?
A: His only proclamation is that he has won against the Tigers.
The Rajapaksa family which was without anything is today being
transformed into the most prosperous family in Asia.
His relatives who were working abroad in super markets and petrol stations are ministers today.
They are travelling to neighbouring countries for discussions. They
have captured the media. Only the Rajapaksa family members are at the
head of all governmental agencies.
Gotabaya is guiding the Bodu Bala Sena with the intention of taking
the message amongst the Sinhala people that Rajapaksa is the only
soldier (Hero) for the Sinhalese.
They think the Rajapaksa Senior is the president and Gotabaya, Basil
and Namal are also presidents. Confiscating people’s properties is
Namal Rajapaksa’s occupation.
They divided various occupations among themselves: taking commissions
on government tenders is Basil’s share and changing Sri Lanka into a
Buddhist country is Gotabaya’s share.
It is on the basis of this confidence that he has changed the rule
that one person can be president for only two terms, to that where one
can be president any number of times.
Presidential elections can be held now only once in four years, but
the president is engaged in actions to make it possible to hold
elections every three years.
Because his party has the majority now, he plans to hold the
presidential election again, win and then conduct the general
However, Tamils and Muslims will not vote for Rajapaksa. He cannot win the confidence of these communities ever.
(extracted from Colombo Telegraph)