Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem said that aresting Azath Sali for making extremist coments was a joke.
The Minister said this while speaking at an event in Vavuniya today where he said that arresting Azath Sali who spoke paasify Muslims was unreasonable
Hakeem said that according to the police Salley had been arrested on the basis that he had made some comments which could create communal tensions.
However he said if that was so then there were other groups who had done the same and were yet treated differently.
Hakeem said he was disappointed with the actions of the police especially since he was the Minister of Justice.
Meanwhile the police have obtained an order to extend the detention of Salley for further investigations.
Salley’s daughter y has written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa seeking his intervention on the issue as Salley is suffering from poor health.