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Man arrested by TID officers for distributing UN inquiry forms lost family in 2009

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06:42 GMT

The man arrested by Terrorism Investigation Department (TID) officers on October 24 in Kilinochchi for distributing evidence collection forms for the OHCHR Investigation into Sri Lanka (OISL), has been identified as a victim of war crimes.

Sinnathampi Kirishnarajah

The man, Sinnathampi Kirishnarajah, was a father of six children from Mulankaavil, in the Mullaitivu district, but lost his family in the final stage of the armed conflict in 2009, sources in Mullaitivu told Tamil Guardian.

He was arrested and charged over the documents in his possession and his attempt to distribute these within the village, and taken to Vavuniya northern TID head office for further questioning. 

Following the loss of his own family, Kirishnarajah had taken part in many demonstrations and protests seeking justice for those who were massacred by the Sri Lankan state forces.

He previously lived in Iranaimaatha Nagar, a transition village of Iranaitheevu Island on the west coast of Mullaitivu, however he was evicted in 1990, following the Sri Lankan navy occupation. 

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