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Disappearance of Mr. Pattani Razeek on 11th February 2010

Feb 8, 2011 5:55:01 PM- transcurrents.com

Update – 8th February 2011

•1. Who is Pattani Razeek?

Mr. Razeek is a well known human rights defender in Sri Lanka and Asia. At the time of his disappearance, Mr. Razeek was the Managing Trustee of Community Trust Fund (CTF) http://www.ctfsrilanka.org/ and was an Executive Committee Member of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) http://www.forum-asia.org/

He had also served as a Grama Seweka (Village Government Official) in the Puttalam district

Personal details:
Sex: Male,
Date of birth: 08th January 1955,
National Identity Card no. 550082632V
Address of usual residence: No. 70, Sameeragama, Kottantivu, Puttalam, Sri Lanka

•2. Date, place and description of disappearance:

Mr. Razeek was last seen near the Jumma Mosque in Kaduruwela, Polonnaruwa (a town in the North‐Central Province of Sri Lanka) around 3.30 p.m on 11th February 2010. Mr. Razeek was in Polonnaruwa in a van together with other staff of CTF, when their van was intercepted by a white van. Mr. Razeek alighted from their vehicle, approached the men in the white van and exchanged greetings in Arabic with them, indicating that the men are Muslim. After talking to them for some minutes, Mr. Razeek went back to his colleagues and told them that he will be joining the group in the white van that according to him was heading to the Eastern provincial town of Valaichchenai.

•3. Actions taken by family and concerned individuals and groups:

•Mr. Razeek’s family lodged complaints with the Police in Pollonnaruwa (place of incident), and Mundalama (place of residence)

•Mr. Razeek’s employer, CTF lodged complaints with the police in Puttalam (place of employer, CTF) and Pollonnaruwa

•Police have filed a case in Magistrate’s Courts in Puttalam

•A complaint has been lodged with the National Human Rights Commission

•Appeals have been made to the President of Sri Lanka, Secretary to Ministry of Defense, the Attorney General and Inspector General of Police

•Protests, and poster campaigns have been held in Mr. Razeek’s hometown and in the Puttalam district.

2• Complaints have been sent to UN Special Rapportuer on Human Rights Defenders and UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances

Appeals have been issued by international human rights organizations

•4. Clues and available leads:

•The Coordinator of the Minister Hon. Rishad Bathirudeen, Mr. S. R. M. Irashad had made a public statement, following Mr. Razeek’s disappearance, claiming that Mr. Razeek was an intermediary to the transfer of funds from CIA to the LTTE sometime in the past and that Mr. Razeek is detained in the custody of the Defense Secretary.

Police B report indicates that Mr. Shabdeen Nowshadh, a former employee of CTF and a close associate of Minister Rishard, is a key suspect in the disappearance. Police have evidence that Nowshadh made a call from Mr. Razeek’s mobile phone number to his residence shortly after the disappearance of Mr. Razeek.

•Nowshadh had made an application for "Anticipatory Bail" which was rejected on 23•rd June 2010 and he applied for a revision in High Court Puttalam. The next hearing date of the revision will be on 10th February, which is expected to be the final hearing.

•Mr. Nowsaadh has confirmed that he had met Mr. Razeek on the day and area Mr. Razeek was last seen.

•Local people believe the police is not taking action to question or arrest Nowsadh due to his political connections (he has admitted to courts he is a close acquaintance of Minister Rishard and is needed by the Minister for election and other work). Nowsadh had been seen in public places several times since this was disclosed in mid 2010.

•According to a news item given in• Lankadeepa a Sinhala newspaper dated 02nd July 2010, the police have stated that an extremist Muslim group has abducted Mr. Razeek.

•5. Background information:

•There were several calls asking for ransom to release Mr. Razeek, but after the family had indicated they are ready to consider even this, the calls for ransom had stopped.

•Leaflets had appeared indicating Mr. Razeek as a CIA agent, womanizer and having an affair with a female Trustee of CTF. One leaflet had appealed to Minister Rishard to intervene and punish CTF Trustees.

•Note: A large protest has been planned in Puttalam town on Friday, 11th February