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SIX SOLDIERS RELEASED BUT THE TAMIL TIGERS REFUSED TO RELEASE THE WEAPON OR ARMY TRUCK TAKEN INTO THEIR CUSTODY WITH THEM.
By Walter Jayawardhana reporting from Los Angeles

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam released the six Sri lanka government soldiers, whom they were holding as hostages for the last fifteen days but refused to return the army truck and the single weapon taken into their custody with the hostages.       

  The LTTE said that they were not returning the weapon or the army truck since the Sri lanka government did not return the weapons or the communication equipment taken into their custody with the two armed LTTE cadres who were bailed out by the Trincomalee magistrate according to a verdict given by the Appeals Court.     

  The weapons of the LTTE cannot be returned since the case against the two LTTE cadres was still pending although they were allowed bail for 25,000 Rupees  each. The weapons and the radio equipment are necessary as productions in the case.      

  The LTTE abducted the six soldiers together with another who was released on humanitarian grounds earlier as hostages to demand the release of the  two LTTE cadres arrested by the Kantalai police.       

The six soldiers were handed over to the international Red Cross at Kamburupiddy, near Trincomalee October 9 and the soldiers said they were treated well by the captors. (EOM)

(02/10/10 go2lanka.com)

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