Thalaimannar SLN officer under investigation
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 July 2000, 11:07 GMT]
An officer of the Sri Lanka Navy base in Thalaimannar, 337 kilometers from Colombo, on the northwestern coast of the island, accused of helping persons in Mannar to take commodities such as cement and spare parts for vehicles to the Vanni region controlled by the Liberation Tigers. The officer was taken in for questioning on information provided by a person arrested by the Navy for transporting these banned commodities by sea, Police investigators in Mannar said.
The Sri Lankan government has banned the transport of commodities such as cement, batteries, spare parts, construction steel, many types of medicines, paints etc., to the LTTE controlled areas of the Vanni.
Investigators alleged that the Navy officer who is being questioned now had taken large bribes from persons taking these goods by sea.