Sri Lanka: Murder and Embezzlement

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September 21, 2005: The slide towards renewed civil war continues. The main LTTE faction continues its assassination campaign against dissidents in the Tamil community, while more evidence of corruption in the handling of disaster relief funds emerge. The tidal waves last December brought billions of dollars in contributions for relief and rebuilding, but much of it has been wasted or stolen.

September 16, 2005: The state of emergency, imposed when the foreign minister was assassinated last month,  will be extended another month. LTTE rebels oppose this, as they feel the increased police powers are directed at them. The LTTE is believed responsible for the killing. The LTTE wants to resume peace talks, but the government wants to obtain the release of three policemen being held by the rebels. The policemen had gone into LTTE territory to arrest a foreign child molester.

 

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