Renegade S Lanka leader goes home
Former Tamil rebel leader Karuna has strong control in Some part of Sri Lanka but he defected and joined Sri Lankan forces.
Former Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger renegade Col Karuna has arrived in Colombo after completing a prison sentence in the UK, British embassy officials say.
Embassy spokesman Dominic Williams told the BBC that Col Karuna had been removed from a UK detention centre and deported to Sri Lanka on 2 July.
The embassy refused to give any more details about his arrival.
A spokesman for his Tamil Peoples' Liberation Tigers party said that the colonel was "delighted" to be home.
But in an interview with the BBC, he said that the colonel would not be offered the position of chief minister of Eastern Province, which was won by an alliance led by the government - containing the Tamil Peoples' Liberation Tigers - in elections in May.
Col Karuna was the commander of rebel territory in eastern Sri Lanka and effectively number two in the Tiger military organisation.