ONE PRO-LTTE SUPPORTER ARRESTED AND THE POLICE ARE AFTER THE OTHERS WHO THREW ACID AT SINHALESE STUDENTS IN THEIR HOME IN AUSTRALIA
Posted on July 2nd, 2009

By Walter Jayawardhana

An alleged pro-LTTE supporter in Australia Amalathepan Srikantharajah (25) of Girraween was arrested by Australian detectives, charged over the throwing of acid on two Sinhalese students and attempting to murder them.

The incident which received international condemnation was also rebuked by the Australian government .

 The unprovoked attack took place in the immediate aftermath of the fall of the Tamil Tigers at the hands of the Sri Lanka military and the death of its leader Prabhakaran.

 The two Sinhalese victims, Chahunika Werasinghe (27) and housemate Jayasiri Watawala (22) were attacked in their home by Sri Lankans, alleged to be Tamils , upset over the unfortunate end of their movement back in Sri Lanka.

 The police are looking for the other offenders, the coordinator of the effort, Strike Force Dorwood Commander Albert Joseph said. He further added by saying, “a male person has been charged with attempted murder, break and enter with intent to commit murder, and use a corrosive substance to maim another person”.

 Apart from the acid burns on their faces one also suffered stab wounds to the stomach and a broken ankle.

 Commander Albert Joseph said in a statement:

“Extensive investigations have been conducted by the Strike Force Doorwood investigation team and as a result
The man arrested today already faces a charge of failing to disclose the identification of a passenger in his vehicle following the incident and two other men have previously been charged with concealing a serious offence.

Detective Inspector Joseph said the two victims had been informed of the latest arrest which is the first directly related to the attack. Police also said the two victims are recovering from their horrific injuries caused by the acid.

The 25 year old man is currently being transported to central local court where he will face court on Wednesday.

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