Ministry official, artiste arrested

The Coordinating Secretary of a Cabinet Minister and an artiste have been arrested by the CID for allegedly taking a woman who provided lodging to an LTTE member to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Petroleum Minister A.H.M. Fowzie’s co-ordinating Secretary, Hashim Omaar who is also a Director at the Independent Television Network (ITN), and an artist identified as K. Rafiq also known as Kalaichelvam are being questioned about the incident.

They had organised a group of artistes and well-wishers including the woman identified as Vani, a resident of Wattala. The woman allegedly provided accommodation to an LTTE suspect who was subsequently arrested by the police.

The woman along with the artistes had met the President in September soon after he returned from the UN sessions. Their purpose was to thank him and congratulate the President for his speech made in Tamil during the UN sessions.

The suspected LTTE member was arrested in Colombo and during interrogation he revealed that he resided in Wattala. Detectives raided the house and arrested Vani and her husband for providing accommodation for the suspect.

Subsequently relatives of Vani and her husband had shown a group photograph taken with the President.

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