Aug 15, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has begun an investigation on four university faculty members who reportedly attended an Eelam seminar in London while on academic leave.
Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne has told national radio that the Ministry is conducting a speedy investigation regarding the report that four university professors attended an Eelam seminar and participated in LTTE activities in London.
Sri Lanka's Chief of Defense Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya yesterday revealed that four professors of Jaffna, Peradeniya and Uva-Wellassa universities had left for the UK after obtaining government leave from their work claiming to participate in a special training from August 12 to 20 in London
However, the four academics have, according to the military chief, had attended a conference on establishing a Tamil interim government and participated in LTTE activities.
General Jayasuriya said the Sri Lankan High Commission in Britain has informed about the academics to the military intelligence in Colombo. The investigations following the information have led to identify the four university professors. However, he did not reveal their identities.
The Higher Education Ministry Secretary has told the national radio that it is a severe offence for the academics to go abroad to express solidarity with terrorism.