No charges against 'Sinhala Tigers'

August 25, 2009 Comments Off on No charges against 'Sinhala Tigers'

BBC Sinhala Service : No charges against ‘Sinhala Tigers’
Police terrorist investigators have failed to find any evidence to charge a group accused of helping Tamil Tigers, their lawyer said.

…”These people were detained for over one and half years, without charges, under detention orders,” Mr. Pathiraja said. A group of journalists and trade union activists were abducted and later found in the custody of police Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) in February 2007…Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe told media days after the arrest that three journalists have confessed to planning and carrying out attacks on behalf of the rebels…Media watchdogs, RSF and FMM, protested authorities using alleged confessions taken while in custody…Sarath Fernando, one of those recently released by the court, said that he was tortured while in custody after he refused to confess working for the LTTE. Speaking with BBC Sandeshaya from an unidentified location outside Sri Lanka, he said he filed a formal complaint with the magistrate regarding the torture.

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