Ananthi cautions against arrest

Ananthy Sasitharan 2    Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member Anandi Sasitharan has cautioned against any attempt to arrest her and force her to undergo rehabilitation at an LTTE rehabilitation camp.

Sasitharan said that arresting her will result in the Government facing serious repercussions in the hands of the international community.

The wife of former LTTE Trincomalee District political head S. Elilan, was responding to media reports today that the Defence Ministry is seriously considering accommodating her at a rehabilitation facility to prevent her from propagating separatist sentiments.

Sasitharan, who campaigns on behalf of families of the disappeared, has become a thorn for the Government in its attempt to counter attempts to push for an international human rights probe in the country.

The TNA member insisted that she was never a member of the LTTE nor is she working against the Government but is only looking for justice for her husband and those reported missing from the North and East.

She said that meeting foreign delegates who visit the North and expressing her views is her right and that freedom should remain if the country is looking to move forward.

Among those Ananthi had met in recent times is Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp who is in charge of the Office of Global Criminal Justice at the US State Department.

Sasitharan said that if she is forced into rehabilitation then the Government will need to put the hundreds of Tamils in the North and East also in rehabilitation camps as they back her cause. (Colombo Gazette)

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