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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Three policemen may face firing squad in Kilinochch.........

[b]Three policemen may face firing squad in Kilinochchi on charges of plotting and spying.[/b]

[b]Colombo, 28 September, ([/b]The three policemen attached to National Child Protection Agency (NCPA) of Sri Lanka, who were arrested and held in captivity by the Tamil rebel outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are in an uncertain times and they may face the firing squad, as the Tamil Eelam police may slam against them new charges of plotting as well spying.

The Tamil rebel outfit has never shown leniency on those who had been charged with plotting and spying and all those alleged with such serious criminal charges so far had faced the firing squad, told a Tamil Eelam lawyer.

The case against the three policemen namely - Reserve Sub-Inspector (RSI) Bandujeewa Weerasinghe Bopitigoda, Police Driver (Constable) K.A.D. Sarath (9925), Police Constable Welegoda Gamage Diluksha Hemantha (973) came up for hearing on 27 September at the Tamil Eelam Districts Courts in Kilinochchi, before justice Sathaana.

The three policemen were arrested and detained on 10 September, by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), when they crossed into the Tiger controlled area in Arippu, near Murunkan, along with four other policemen, with the company of two Christian priests, while on an official duty following a suspect in connection with a child abuse case. The Tamil Tigers released the Two Christian priests and four others from NCPA but only held these three policemen under custody.

The three policemen were detained by the Tamil Eelam Police earlier on an allegation that they willfully entered into LTTE controlled area in Mannar and were produced before the Kilinochchi District Judge belonging to the court run by the LTTE. Upon the request of the LTTE police, Kilinochchi District Court Judge ordered them to be detained for further investigations.

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