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Two arrested in Jaffna for allegedly promoting LTTE online

ECONOMYNEXT – Two suspects were arrested in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, this morning by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) for promoting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) on the internet, police said.

A man and a woman aged 36 and 35 respectively were taken into TID custody this morning for running a YouTube channel and a website that has allegedly been promoting the LTTE, police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.

The arrest was made at an office located in Navalar Street, Jaffna, Rohana said in a statement. Five desktop computers and five laptops were also seized at the site, he said.

Rohana further said a TID investigation had revealed that content promoting LTTE ideology, including speeches by slain LTTE leader Velupillai Prabharakan and banned LTTE iconography, appears in both the YouTube channel and the website in question.

The suspects will be detained and questioned under provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) while the TID conducts further investigations, he said.

The PTA remains controversial and made headlines earlier this month when the Human Rights Watch urged the government of Sri Lanka to immediately withdraw the Prevention of Terrorism (De-radicalisation from holding violent extremist religious ideology) Regulations No 01 of 2021 issued on 9 March. (Colombo/Mar29/2021)

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