Monday, April 21, 2008

"Father Keeli" was with ex Sea Tiger leader at the time of explosion

Army Spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara blamed the LTTE for the murder of Rev Fr Karunaratnam, a Catholic priest and Chairperson of the North East Secretariat on Human Rights (NESOHR), in a claymore attack, on the Mallavi– avunikkulam Road, in Killinochchi.

Brig. Nanayakkara speaking to today (21) stated that the murder has occurred in an uncleared area which is 30 km ahead of the battle fronts and in LTTE-controlled territory and rejected allegations by the LTTE that the deep penetration units of the Sri Lanka Army were responsible for the murder since the Army does not send cadres to the area where the murder took place.

He further stated that the security intelligence revealed that the murdered Father Karunaratnam was suspected to have been an LTTE sympathizer and opined that it was a deliberate and even predictable move by the LTTE to bring the security forces into disrepute and win international sympathy for their murderous cause.

It has been revealed that the murdered priest was working as the chief for the LTTE Peace Secretariat and he was well known as 'Father Keeli'.

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