British Police release pro-LTTE suspect arrested during protest against SL PM’s visit

By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London

Pro-LTTE activist, Sockalingam Yogalingam, who was arrested by the British police for demonstrating against the visit of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to London last week, was later discharged.

During Wickremasinghe’s visit to speak at the Oxford Union last Monday, a group of pro-LTTE activists staged a demonstration opposite the University. Waving Eelam flags and banners depicting the photograph of slain LTTE leader Prabakaran, they shouted ‘Ranil go home’.

Yogalingam’s home in London was searched by officers of the South East Counter Terrorism Unit, who seized two mobile phones, bank statements, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) leaflets and a USB stick.

Yogalingam, who is also known as Yogi, is a member of TGTE. Although Yogi is a member of TGTE, he contested the seat of Ruislip in the 2015 British general election representing the National Liberal Party.

When Yogalingam was taken into police custody, British MPs Paul Scully, Siobhain McDonagh,Bob Blackman, Zac Goldsmith, Joan Ryan, Wes Streeting, Theresa Villiers and Virendra Sharma sent a letter to the British Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary asking for his release.

He was arrested for belonging to a proscribed organization, but he has not been charged yet.

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