State media has reported that he was arrested over alleged links to terrorism and attempts to create communal disharmony in Sri Lanka. Salley was reportedly detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act but without any charges being specified against him, Amnesty International said. “Under international human rights law, all people have the right to be informed immediately of the reasons for their arrest and of any charges against them, the right to challenge the lawfulness of their detention, the right to a fair and prompt trial and the right to be free from torture,” Amnesty International said in the petition. Amnesty International (AI) has launched an online petition calling for the release of Muslim politician Azath Salley.The online petition urges President Mahinda Rajapaksa to free Salley or charge him and while in custody to ensure he is treated humanely and allowed access to his family, his lawyers and any medical care he may require.
Construction of the Tanami Gas Pipeline is complete, and Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby, has granted pipeline owner AGI Tanami conditional consent to commission and operate the infrastructure. Consent to commission means AGI Tanami can now test the pipeline by introducing gas at the pressure under which it will operate. Once testing is successfully completed and independently verified, the pipeline will be able to go into full operational mode.The Tanami Gas Pipeline will provide gas to Newmont’s Granites gold mine located approximately 550 km north-west of Alice Springs in the Tanami Desert. Historically the mining operations have had to rely on diesel to operate, which meant a pause in production if roads became impassable and diesel could not get through.Kirby stated: “The Territory Labor Government supports the delivery of job-creating infrastructure, so I am pleased to approve the next stage of works for the Tanami Gas Pipeline. Newmont’s Territory mining operations are some of the most successful gold operations in Australia. This pipeline will provide year-round, cleaner power – supporting existing jobs and creating the potential for more jobs. The Territory Labor Government will continue to focus on attracting private sector investment across the Territory, and on getting job-creating projects out of the ground as quickly as possible.”