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Last updated: 03 November, 2009 - Published 13:43 GMT
 
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Tamil MPs acquitted on terror charges
 
A court in Sri Lanka has acquitted four Tamil parliamentarians charged under anti-terror laws.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians were charged under tough Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and the penal code of making public statements against the government and the security forces.

They were accused of making the statements in Australia and in European countries addressing Pongu Thamil cultural events during 2002-2004.

The Colombo magistrate on Tuesday acquitted S Gajendran, P Ariyanetran, K Sivajilingam and S Jeyanandamurthy after the police, in a report to the court, said that there was no evidence to prove the accusations.

KV Thavarasa, the counsel appeared for the accused told BBC Sandeshaya that not only the MPs, but also ministers in Rajapaksa administration have addressed Pongu Thamil events.

“However, I pointed out that the charges were only filed against these four MPs,” he said.

 
 
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