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Kerala News

Irish friend sees foul play in Latvian woman’s death in Kovalam

Covai Post Network

Kochi: The death of Latvian woman Liga in Kovalam has again rocked the State after her friend Andrews Jordan today said he suspected foul play in the episode. The accused arrested in the case cannot be the real culprit, he told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram.

He said the Chief Minister had ignored a letter sent by him on June 6 seeking a CBI probe, following which he had approached the High Court seeking investigation by the central agency. He said cremation of his friend’s body was not necessary. An order issued by the State Human Rights Commission preventing cremation was ignored by the DGP. He refused to give an acknowledgement for the HR directive. The cremation was done 45 minutes after this, Andrew added.

He said a woman who was raped and killed should not have been cremated as it was against Christian practice. This showed that there was something fishy in the whole affair which was stage managed by the tourism department.

There was pressure on him from the Government to leave the country. The victim’s sister was also not in a mental frame to fight the police and the government. The tourism department was aware of many things, he added.

The victim was held captive for about two weeks after which she was killed. The police and the local people are hand in glove in the matter. Andrews said most of the things about the case were learnt through the media as the police did not update him on the development.

“Those who came forward to help us were insulated by the police,” he said. A film on Liga was being made by Biju Varma. It is a story about his deceased girlfriend seen through his eyes and the problem faced by him after she went missing.

He would go to seek legal help by knocking the doors of the court in Ireland or other international courts, said Andrews was for Ireland later in the day. Liga (33), who had come to Kerala for depression treatment, had gone missing on March 14.

Her decomposed body was found hanging upside down on April 21.

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