Mannar Bishop questioned by the CID

Bishop Rayappu Joseph of the diocese of Mannar has been questioned by the CID about a statement made by him over the issue of deportation of asylum seekers, by the Australian government, the Christian Solidarity Movement (CSM) said in a statement.

This is not the first time that the Bishop has been interrogated by the CID.

“We as the Christian Solidarity Movement are proud to see him as a rare and extraordinary leader who is faithfully fulfilling his Christian mission by boldly speaking on behalf of the suffering Tamil people. Bishop Rayappu Joseph has always spoken about the current problems faced by his people and denounced some of the barbaric acts against the innocent,” the CSM statement said.

CSM says according to the information it received the Bishop has been questioned regarding connections with the Tamil Diaspora.

“Linking any voice whether in the North or even in the South raised on Justice and Democracy and any attempt made to denounce the undemocratic rule, with the LTTE or Tamil Diaspora, is to silence the courageous voices,” the statement said.

The statement adds that the questioning of Bishop Rayappu Joseph for long hours is a sign of intimidation to silence the Tamil voice. (Colombo Gazette)