TID arrests human rights lawyer

[TamilNet, Sunday, 18 March 2001, 14:40 GMT]
The Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) of the Sri Lanka Police Sunday arrested Mr. Kanaka Namanathan, a human rights activist and lawyer in Batticaloa. A special unit of the TID that came to Batticaloa Sunday arrested Mr. Namanathan at his residence in Kallady, a suburb of the town this afternoon around 2 p.m. family members said. The lawyer was taken to Colombo by the TID unit soon after his arrest.

Mr. Namanathan is the general secretary of the NGO ‘Protect Human Rights’ in Batticaloa. Police sources said that the lawyer was arrested in connection with a TID investigation in Cololmbo about the Liberation Tigers. Mr. Namanathan worked as a government Land Officer in Trincomalee and took up law after his retirement.

 

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