BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Urdu Hindi Pashto Bengali Tamil Nepali Sinhala
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: South Asia  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS
Friday, 5 July, 2002, 08:14 GMT 09:14 UK
Indian MP charged under terrorism laws

A member of the Indian governing coalition who's been charged under anti-terrorism laws with expressing support for Tamil Tiger rebels, has said he is willing to face any eventuality when he returns from a visit to the United States.

The politician, Vaiko, is based in the southern state of Tamil Nadu and leads the MDMK party.

He said in a statement that he had only voiced support at a public meeting for the fight for the rights of Tamils who he said were being oppressed in Sri Lanka.

The Tamil Tigers are outlawed in India and in Sri Lanka.

Vaiko said he had never involved himself in violent activities and the charges were politically motivated. Eight other members of his party who attended the meeting at the end of last month have also been charged.

Police say they will decide whether to arrest Vaiko after he returns from a visit to the United States.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

*** PROBLEM: MORE THAN 28 WORDS IN SUMNARY ***

Links to more South Asia stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more South Asia stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes