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UPDATED: 16:59, June 26, 2007
Sri Lanka court allows detention of suspected priest
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A Sri Lankan court has allowed the continuous detention of a Hindu religious priest for alleged links with Tamil Tiger rebels, court officials said Tuesday.

The Colombo Magistrate Court allowed the police's Terrorism Investigation Division to hold and quiz the priest and his deputy of the main Hindu temple in the Kayts islet of the northern Jaffna peninsula.

Both men were arrested in early May when a Navy raid detected explosives hidden in the temple premises.

The police reported to court that explosives have been proved to belong to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels in their attacks against government troops.

The court allowed the detention of the two until July 16.

The LTTE is fighting government troops to carve out a separate homeland for the minority Tamil community whose larger majority is of Hindu faith.

More than 69,000 people have been killed in the conflict since the mid-1980s.

Source: Xinhua

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