Some 20 hardcore LTTE cadres who are alleged to have committed war crimes will be prosecuted within the next six months under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and Emergency Regulations, thus bringing to a closure the uncertainty over the fate of the detainees.
He said the remaining group was believed to have participated in LTTE military activities because they had no other option but to carry out the dictates of the LTTE under severe threat.
“These LTTE cadres have told investigators that if they did not consent to be recruited as combatants, their entire families would have been killed. They are unwilling participants in the war. Therefore, we have decided to treat them leniently and mercifully whatever the gravity of their offences,” Mr. Gamlath said. “This category which has the largest number of excombatants will be referred for rehabilitation after court proceedings. We expect to be in a position to close the files within six months and end this long simmering matter once and for all.”
He said the investigations were not easy or simple because many LTTE cadres maintained links with the LTTE network and refused to grab the opportunity offered by the government to be rehabilitated.
The government is keen to complete the prosecution and rehabilitation process as soon as possible because the international community especially India is concerned about it. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sambanthan has held several rounds of talks with the government on this matter and is also keen to have the prosecution process expedited.(SAJ)
Comments - 19
karikalan1 Sunday, 29 July 2012 09:39 AM
What about Karuna, Pillaiyaan and KP, didn't they commit any war crimes? IC is watching and don't play childish games.
balu Sunday, 29 July 2012 10:06 AM
bala what have you done for the country???
junta Saturday, 28 July 2012 01:43 PM
how about the other side?
"many LTTE cadres maintained links with the LTTE network and refused to grab the opportunity offered by the government to be rehabilitated."
there is no other side - just the winning side
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Eddy Saturday, 28 July 2012 01:46 PM
High time all these killers face their crimes and this will pave way for all ex ltte to be extradited. This closure is important for all innocent victims. It is not one side but these are terrorist. Bear in mind the diaspora are remnants of hardcore terrorist and should be arrested and charged accordingly. Because of interference from international people the law of the country was subject to scrutiny and these terrorist was on rampage lawlessly. This closure is very important to the majority not minority.
balu Saturday, 28 July 2012 02:39 PM
david Saturday, 28 July 2012 02:41 PM
War criminals charge war criminals. Just a joke nothingelse
weha Saturday, 28 July 2012 03:05 PM
As if they have money to pay :O
Jo Perera Saturday, 28 July 2012 03:31 PM
Mario, Question is, who broke the law ? Or do you prefer anyone to go about committing the mass murder & suicide bombings that the LTTE carried our for over 20 years in our country ? Just may be you are perhaps one of their spokesmen or even a "supporter" ?
Jo Perera Saturday, 28 July 2012 03:31 PM
Absolutely right !
raj Saturday, 28 July 2012 03:35 PM
who burned Jaffna library, and orgainzed 1983 riots are also war criminals.
Saskia Sunday, 29 July 2012 01:57 PM
Well said. This is the sign of discrimination.
Dadoriya Saturday, 28 July 2012 04:21 AM
This is very good. All war criminals irrespective of color, race or creed should be prosecuted in Sri Lanka or elsewhere.
bala Saturday, 28 July 2012 04:10 PM
it should be war criminals charging frredom fighters. remember from 1948 till now what sri lanka done to tamils.
Jayantha Sunday, 29 July 2012 02:13 PM
Dear Jo Perera, You can't kill off Terrorism by Worse Terrorism on a bigger scale & bigger magnitude. This is the problem we as a country is having now.
DJ Saturday, 28 July 2012 07:05 PM
So continue to complain to your white masters..
david Saturday, 28 July 2012 07:15 PM
Mario Saturday, 28 July 2012 05:41 AM
Okay, so one side is prosecute, how about the other side?
jacoob Saturday, 28 July 2012 11:03 PM
Endless fun game in banana republic .. poor little masses are kept on being robbed while all these thamashas are stage managed . those who left the country are blessed. Those who are stranded in the country are cursed .. Hmm .. we collectively killed once a blessed peaceful country..
raj Sunday, 29 July 2012 02:11 AM
if the government believe that it did not commit any war crimes, then it should hand in over any suspected war criminals among LTTE to international war crime tribunal in order reveal what happened during the war. If the government is not afraid of truch comes out, then it should hand in them to international tribunal so that those members can tell what happened during the war.
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