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Ananthy Sasitharan may be rehabilitated to prevent separatist tendencies – The Island

The Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence has said it is seriously considering admitting Ananthy Sasitharan, a prominent and popular member of the Northern Provincial Council, to a rehabilitation centre, to prevent her from propagating separatist ideas, reported The Island.

A senior Defence Ministry official told the paper that Ananthy Sasitharan had avoided rehabilitation after May 2009, and that maybe she would not have adopted “such a hostile stance towards the government”, if she had gone through the rehabilitation system of the Sri Lankan military.

The official further said that although her detention could cause strong condemnation from the international community, it was the government’s view that the only way to stop Ms. Sasitharan undermining post-war reconciliation was to make her undergo rehabilitation.

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