Jaffna University undergraduate Thiviyan freed

[TamilNet, Friday, 15 March 2002, 19:13 GMT]
The Jaffna High Court Friday discharged university undergraduate, Krishnasamy Thiviyan as two vital witnesses failed to attend the inquiry for the second time. When the prosecuting Counsel informed the court that the two army officers, cited as main witnesses in this case had gone to Vavuniya to attend courts, Mr.K.P.S.Varatharaja, High Court Judge made order discharging the accused stating, "this shows that the SLA witnesses were not interested in this case".

Attorney-at-Law Mr.A.Vinayagamoorthy, Jaffna district parliamentarian with Attorneys Pon.Poologasingham and P.Rudra appeared for the student Thiviyan

The Sri Lanka Army at Kokuvil, Jaffna, arrested Krishnasamy Thivyan on July 2 last year in a round up operation. The SLA detained him saying that he had been arrested with explosives. The student's arrest and detention by the SLA led to widespread protests in the Tamil dominated northeast province.

Thiviyan was produced in Jaffna Magistrate's Court on July 17 last year following a weeklong protest by students. Thiviyan on the same day brought to the notice of the court that he had been subjected to severe torture while in detention.


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