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Sri Lankan navy officer wanted over Tamil politician assassination

An arrest warrant has been issued by Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal for a navy officer wanted in connection with the assassination of the Tamil politician, N Raviraj. 

The officer, identified as Prasad Hettiarachchi was issued an arrest warrant as he had failed to appear in court after being summoned along side four others names as respondents in a petition filed by Mr Raviraj's wife. 

The Court of Appeal judge ordered that Officer Hettiarachchi be arrested and produced before Court, Adaderana reported on Thursday. 

Mr Raviraj, who was a TNA MP was shot dead in November 2006 as he left his home for work in Colombo. 

"It is government forces or forces aligned to the government, there can be no question," the TNA leader R Sampanthan told Reuters at the time of the incident. 

"This is an attempt to stifle and silence those who can justifiably espouse the Tamil cause."

No one has faced justice for the crime. 

Last year an all Sinhala jury aquitted  three navy intelligence officials and two members of the Karuna group were acquitted after a month long trial. 

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