Sri Lanka says Tamil Tiger leader will face no charges

October 17, 2012 18:47


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COLOMBO - The leader of Sri Lanka's defeated Tamil Tiger rebels, who is wanted by India over the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, will not face criminal charges, Sri Lankan authorities said on Wednesday.

Selvarasah Pathmanathan will be allowed to continue his work running a non-governmental development organization in the north of Sri Lanka, they said, despite being on Interpol's wanted list.

"There is no case against him," military spokesman Ruwan Wanigasuriya told reporters in Colombo.

Lakshman Hulugalle, head of the defense ministry's media center, said: "It's a victory for us, because a Tamil leader who fought against the government is now working for the country's development. He has got the freedom to do that."

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