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Attempts to safeguard Sinhalese doctor suspect in Jaffna exposed

[TamilNet, Thursday, 15 July 2010 07:43 No Comment]

The Sinhalese doctor arrested by police Tuesday suspected of involvement in the killing of Saravanai Tharsika, a Family Consultant Nurse Saturday in Veala’nai government hospital in the islets of Jaffna, was produced in Oorkaavattu’rai magistrate court Wednesday. Magistrate Vasanthasenan directed the police to place him in Jaffna Remand Prison until 21 July. The police, instead of taking the suspect to the prison, admitted him to the Intensive Care Unit in Jaffna Teaching Hospital Wednesday night claiming that he had been injured in the attack by Veal’nai residents Saturday. This turn of events reveals the attempts taken by influential politicians and top government officials to safeguard the Sinhalese doctor, legal society sources in Jaffna said.

A relative of the Sinhalese doctor suspect who is a high officer in Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) in the islets of Jaffna had managed to save him from the enraged residents of Veala’nai Saturday, sources in Veala’nai said.

Interested political persons then had the suspect transferred first to one hospital and then to another in Jaffna peninsula to safeguard him.

The suspect was then kept in the office of Health Department in Jaffna avoiding arrest by police.

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