Family members, human rights activists and civic groups have gathered in Colombo to demand a speedy and fair investigation of a Sri Lankan student detained in Australia on suspicion of terrorism.
The New South Wales police website says Kamer Nizamdeen was arrested in Sydney on August 30 for allegedly planning to attack targets in the city and assassinate prominent people. Police say they found the alleged plans described in a notebook.
A support group, United for Kamer, planned a silent protest today to support their call for a fair trial for the 25-year-old student.
The group says Nizamdeen was working for the University of New South Wales and has been kept in solitary confinement since his arrest.
It says Nizamdeen denies what police say he wrote in the notebook.
A statement from the family read out at the protest said Kamer was allowed to contact one family member immediately after the arrest but thereafter denied access to legal counsel or family members.
The protesters silently held placards and banners with slogans about Kamer's innocence as well as the investigation.