Sri Lankan ruling party legislator arrested over pro-terrorist speech

A Sri Lankan ruling party legislator was arrested on Monday over pro-terrorist speech she had made earlier this year. Former State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran was arrested over the controversial speech...

A Sri Lankan ruling party legislator was arrested on Monday over pro-terrorist speech she had made earlier this year.

Former State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran was arrested over the controversial speech she had made at an event in support of the Tamil Tiger rebels.

The rebels fought for 30 years for a separate Tamil state in the North and East of the country but were defeated in 2009.

Maheswaren had said in her speech that there was a need for the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) to be in control in the North and East of Sri Lanka to prevent crimes from taking place.

He speech was made in light of a rise in criminal activities in the North and East following the war

Following an uproar over the speech, Maheswaren resigned from her Government post.

The Attorney General (AG) had later advised the Inspector General of Police to take legal action against the ruling United National Party Parliamentarian.

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