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Two surrendered LTTE leaders released on bail

world Updated: Sep 11, 2009 15:47 IST
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Two LTTE leaders Daya Master and George, who were arrested after they surrendered to forces during the last phase of the 30-year-old civil war in Sri Lanka, were on Thursday released on a bail by a court in Colombo.

The duo was released on bail by Colombo chief magistrate Nishantha Hapuarachchi.

The order came nearly five months after they gave themselves up before the security personnel on April 22 near Putumatalan, the then ‘no fire zone´ where the top LTTE leadership was holed up.

Velayutham Dayanithi alias Daya Master, former media coordinator of LTTE, and George, official interpreter of slain LTTE political head S P Thamilchelavan, were arrested immediately and taken to Colombo.

It was Daya Master who along with Velupillai Prabhakaran’s former aide Karuna, now a federal junior minister, identified the LTTE chief’s body after he was killed by security forces on May 18.

After they surrendered to the forces, both Daya Master and George appeared on the state television to say that LTTE used civilians as “hostages” never allowing them to flee the war zone and resorted to “mass killings” if they failed to heed.

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