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Tamil man returns home after 25 years in detention

A Tamil man, who was assumed to be dead, returned to his home in Jaffna on Friday, after being detained without charge for 25 years in a Sri Lankan detention centre.

S. Vairavanathan was arrested in Colombo after a bomb blast in 1990. He was 28 years old at the time. Following his arrest, Vairavanathan was held in a detention camp in Hambantota for 25 years without being charged.

Both his mother and father, who were searching for the whereabouts of their son have now passed away. Failing to find him, it was assumed he was dead.

He was finally released from Hambantota and returned to his home in Chunnakam in Jaffna on Friday.

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