Thamilini set free from rehab

Report by Easwaran Rutnam “She was freed after she completed one year in rehabilitation,” Brigadier Dharshana Hettiarachi said. Former LTTE women’s wing political head, Thamilini, was freed today after completing rehabilitation, Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Brigadier Dharshana Hettiarachi said.He said that her mother and her sister together with the sister’s children met Thamilini and took her home from the Vavuniya rehabilitation camp. Subramaniam Shivathai, alias Thamilini, was arrested in May 2009 by a special police team, at the Vavuniya IDP camp while she was staying there with her mother and sister.Thamilini joined the LTTE in 1991, after listening to a lecture by the LTTE, and received battle training in a camp in Nirveli. When Nesmia, the previous head of the LTTE Women’s Wing, was killed in a clash with the Army in Muhamalai, Thamilini had been appointed in her place.  (Colombo Gazette) Thamilini is one of the most senior former LTTE members to have been released into society after undergoing rehabilitation.

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