By Nanda Wickremasinghe
11 May 2009
N. Vithyatharan, chief editor of the Tamil newspaper Sudar Oli, was released from detention on April 28, four days after police admitted in court that there were no grounds to charge him. His treatment further exposes the lawless character of the Sri Lankan government of President Mahinda Rajapakse.
Vithyatharan had been accused of aiding a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam LTTE air raid on Colombo on February 20. Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse had declared: “We have definite evidence that this person is a Tiger accomplice. He is a Tiger. We will charge him on his crimes. We consider anyone who defends him, also to be a Tiger.” The subsequent police admission showed these claims to be false.
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Human toll of Sri Lankan conflict rises – 11 May 09
The United Nations says a “bloodbath” is taking place in northern Sri Lanka, as government troops launch attacks on Tamil Tiger separatists.
One medic in the war zone has reported that 370 bodies were delivered to his hospital over the weekend.
Each side accuses the other of inflicting the casualties – claims that are impossible to verify.
Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett reports.
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