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Father Mariyampillai Sarathjeevan remembered in Kilinochchi

(All photos: @watchdog_SL)

A Catholic priest who died on May 18 2009, while leading Tamils away from the conflict zone into army-held territory was remembered, alongside others who lost their lives in the last phase of the armed conflict, at a monument dedicated to him in Kilinochchi.

Father Mariyampillai Sarathjeevan, popularly known as Father Sara, is said to have died of a heart attack, although some reports indicate he was severely assaulted by Sri Lankan soldiers.

The event, attended by many members of the clergy, alongside civilians, was under surveillance by Sri Lanka's police force, who questioned the local parish priest about the memorial service.

 

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