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Arrest me if you can

2014 Jan 20

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan
 
Mannar Bishop, Dr. Rayappu Joseph, said he would challenge the Ravana Balaya to arrest him if possible, as he is not wrong on the war crimes allegations.
 
The Bishop, who had met US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Stephen J. Rapp, for a discussion, had elaborated on the war crimes believed to have been committed during the last phase of the war in
Sri Lanka.
 
The Ravana Balaya, infuriated by the Bishop’s claim, had requested the IGP to arrest him.
 
However, the Bishop demanded the Ravana Balaya to first prove him wrong, before speaking about anything else.
 
On 8 January, Ambassador Rapp visited Jaffna and it was there that Jaffna Bishop Thomas Soundaranayagam and the Bishop of Mannar and many others had met him.
 
Ravana Balaya last week accused them of betraying the country by raising war crimes charges in the presence of the visiting American and demanded that they should be arrested. The Ravana Balaya claimed that it was because of the two Bishops that Rapp wanted an international probe into the alleged war crimes and so they should be arrested and taken legal actions against them.
 
The Bishop claimed they have evidence gathered from the victims of the last phase of the war and they cannot be lied. “Those victims could trust us and that is why we have the evidence,” the Bishop added.

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