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Sri Lanka: TID interviews Jaffna editors over Tamil homeland display

Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division on Sunday took statements from the editors of the three Jaffna based newspapers in relation to a Tamil homeland display at a temple festival in Aanaikkottai.

The editors of Uthayan, Valampuri and Thinakkural were questioned following approval by Jaffna Magistrate Court.

Last month the TID summoned five Tamils along with a journalist, Uthayarasa Shalin to their Colombo office for an inquiry.

The summons were in relation to the display of a map of the North-East during a Hindu temple festival in Aanaikkottai, Jaffna, which sparked weeks of investigation and summons of Aanaikottai locals and temple board members by several different divisions, including Kankesanthurai Police’s intelligence division, Manippay and Jaffna police and Koppay security forces.

Most recently, Jaffna police said the investigation was closed after taking statements from the temple’s youth forum members and the temple’s chair and secretary, and warning the temple to not repeat such actions in the future.



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