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Detained Sri Lankan Tamil MP is released

By Swaminathan Natarajan
BBC Tamil

Sathasivam Kanagaratnam
Mr Kanagaratnam is not expected to be charged

A Sri Lankan Tamil MP who has been detained by the security forces for eight months has been released.

Sathasivam Kanagaratnam, an MP from the Vanni district, chose to stay in areas controlled by Tamil Tiger rebels until the country's war ended in May.

He was detained and taken to Colombo for interrogation where he has been held ever since.

The government refused to release him in spite of repeated requests by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

The TNA is the largest Tamil party in the Sri Lankan parliament.

"After his release he came to my house. He told me he was not physically harmed," TNA MP Sivananthan Kishore said.

Mr Kishore said that the MP had not been charged and no case had been filed against him.

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