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Assassinated human rights lawyer Kumar Ponnambalam remembered 18 years on

Human rights lawyer and former leader of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC), Kumar Ponnambalam, was remembered today on the 18th anniversary of his death.

Mr Ponnambalam was shot dead by unidentified gunman on January 5th, 2000, whilst in his car on Ramakrishna Lane, in the Tamil area of Colombo, Wellawatte.

He was renowned for his pro bono work in defending Tamil and Sinhala youths detained under Sri Lanka's draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act and had filed reports in important human rights cases that incriminated the Chandrika government, including the gang rape and murder of the Tamil girl, Krishanthi Kumaraswamy and mass graves in Chemmani. 

His murder came a few days after he had written an open letter to then president Chandrika, condemning her anti-Tamil policies.

He was remembered today by the Tamil National People's Front at the party's heaquarters in Kantharmadam, Jaffna.