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Sri Lanka says 'kidnapped' Oz-origin activist extradited on Australia's request

Colombo, Wed, 11 Apr 2012 ANI

Colombo, Apr 11 (ANI): The Sri Lankan government has said that an Australian man who was recently found after an alleged abduction by 'secret police' has been extradited on the request of Canberra.

Cabinet spokesman Laxman Yapa Abeywardhana said legal action against Premakumar Gunaratnam, the proclaimed leader of the country's newly formed Marxist party, could not be taken as the Australian government directly interfered and urged his release.

"The Australian government was behind him and Sri Lanka was informed about his abduction and wide publicity had been given to his disappearance by the Australian media," Xinhua quoted Abeywardhana, as saying.

He further stressed that Sri Lanka didn't want to create a negative opinion about itself by keeping him further for legal inquiries.

Gunaratnam, 42, from New South Wales was located safely yesterday after he went missing last weekend.

According to the report, he was a former member of the Marxist People's Liberation Front, a leading opposition political party in Sri Lanka.

Gunaratnam's worried wife, Champa Somaratna, earlier claimed secret police had kidnapped him because of his political activities. (ANI)

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