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PHU leader says former Sri Lankan navy spokesperson is innocent

The leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU), Udaya Gammanpila condemned the arrest of a former Sri Lankan
navy spokesperson over the disappearance of eleven Tamil youths in 2008, arguing that he was "wrongfully
accused". 

Commodore D K P Dassanayake was arrested on Wednesday over the abduction and enforced disappearance of the
Tamil youths. 

Describing the Commodore as "a well respected individual in the navy [who] immensely helped the government
win the civil war at the time", Mr Gammapila was quoted by Adaderana as saying the arrest "was merely an
attempt made by supporters of the LTTE to get back at the individuals who helped defeat the LTTE using the
government."