Print Edition - 2018-10-09  |  World News Digest

Sri Lankan MP held for hailing Tamil rebels

- AGENCIES, COLOMBO

Oct 9, 2018-

A Sri Lankan MP who called for the return of the outlawed Tamil Tiger rebel group because she said they were better at enforcing law and order than the police was arrested on Monday. In a speech earlier this year, Tamil lawmaker Vijayakala Maheswaran said people in northern Sri Lanka were safer under the Tigers, whose 37-year insurgency was marked by suicide bombings against civilians. Maheswaran, who represents Jaffna, the capital of the country’s minority Tamils, said there was less violence against women and children in areas controlled by the Tigers before they were crushed in May 2009. The July remarks led to howls of protest from majority Sinhalese groups, which accused her of seeking to resurrect an organisation banned as a terrorist outfit. Maheswaran, who is a member of Sri Lanka’s ruling party, was also forced to step down as State minister for Children’s Affairs.

Published: 09-10-2018 08:50

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