UK’s Home Secretary Priti Patel has been ordered by a secretive tribunal to review the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), one of the world’s most dangerous terrorist groups.
The Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission (POAC), an independent body set up under the 2000 Terrorism Act, ruled that the Home Secretary must consider taking the Tamil Tigers off the Government's list of outlawed bodies, the Daily Mail reported.
The separatist group, founded in Sri Lanka in 1976, is widely credited with devising the suicide vest.
The UK banned the group, formally known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in 2001.
But another group, the Trans-national Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) – the self-styled government of exiled Tamils around the world – brought a case against the Home Secretary over the ban, saying the Tamil Tigers are no longer engaged in terrorism.
However, the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC), which assesses the terrorist threat in the UK, said the Tamil Tigers should stay banned because they have failed to renounce violence.
The POAC ruled that Ms Patel must review the ban, saying the grounds for renewing it were flawed.
The TGTE has mounted a separate bid in the Court of Appeal to get the ban automatically lifted.
The Home Office said: 'We accept POAC's judgment ... and await the appellant's final response on this. The LTTE remains a proscribed organisation at this time.'
Sangamithra Sunday, 14 March 2021 01:38 PM
Don't worry. Even if they lift the ban on LTTE worldwide, there'll never be a single Lankan Tamil to enlist with it.
Susantha Sunday, 14 March 2021 01:42 PM
These desperados know that the West control global order is fast slipping away from their hands into China.
Liyanage Sunday, 14 March 2021 01:44 PM
You propose LTTE. We propose Gota.
Peacemaker Sunday, 14 March 2021 01:45 PM
Actually, LTTE can be converted into a humanitarian organization to contribute to the protection of Tamils from Sri Lankan state terrorism and provide welfare to Tamils
John Sunday, 14 March 2021 01:46 PM
This is enough for the Rajapakses to remain in power for another 20 years!
Karl Sunday, 14 March 2021 01:50 PM
Nothing will be changed
Walter Sunday, 14 March 2021 01:53 PM
Hey, Preethi, you may not only lift the ban but also provide them weapons training so you can experience them on your home soil itself.
Charlie Thomas Sunday, 14 March 2021 05:17 PM
Well commented. That is what is happening. LTTE is getting ready with weapons.
ChanakaJ Sunday, 14 March 2021 02:05 PM
LTTE must remain banned globally. They remain a terrorist threat to Sri Lanka! Recent incidents with LTTE cadres, supposedly "ex"- LTTE, found with explosives should not be forgotten or dismissed!
Gayan Sunday, 14 March 2021 02:07 PM
The law is not enforced in UK/EU anyway. Remove the fake ban.
Jaffna Hindu Tamil Sunday, 14 March 2021 02:08 PM
LTTE is essentially destroyed militarily but the Indians could bring it back with support from the Tamil Catholics who are the backbone of the LTTE.
A Tamil Alcoholic Sunday, 14 March 2021 03:53 PM
What's the proportion of Tamil Catholics to Tamil Hindus? I can count the Tamil Catholics on my finger tips. Prabakaran was a Tamil Catholic or a Tamil Hindu?
Idiot Boy Sunday, 14 March 2021 02:46 PM
Very bad Omen to us.
ranjit Sunday, 14 March 2021 02:55 PM
SL govt says that LTTE was conquered in 2009, so why this fusss from sri lankan to ban LTTE, an organisatin thatthey have destroyed in 2009
Lochum Sunday, 14 March 2021 03:07 PM
Don't worry. There is a former in parliament. More will follow to support the gang.
Sokrates Sunday, 14 March 2021 03:18 PM
Why is the JVP and the BBS not banned?
ranjit Sunday, 14 March 2021 04:51 PM
one minutwe the Rajapakshas say thy destroyed LTTE and then they say they are a threat. This shows that the powerhungry Rajapakshas are playing with a trick with srilankan to be in power for every and ruin the country
Ranaweera Sunday, 14 March 2021 05:13 PM
West is furious that we are leaning towards China and they want to revive terrorists to commit atrocities now. They need war in other countries so that they can sell their arms.
Jeeves Sunday, 14 March 2021 05:16 PM
Like the terminator, LTTE and their supporters will NEVER GIVE UP their separate state ideology, so we must never give up guarding our national security and sovereignty!
Dolly Sunday, 14 March 2021 05:35 PM
If UK lifts the ban on LTTE then Sri Lanka should leave the “Commonwealth” what is the use of been a member if they keep supporting the LTTE.
Modan Sunday, 14 March 2021 07:05 PM
LTTE is long gone. However the government is still realing on it to stay in power. To the monks and masses they can only say LTTE is there so that they will vote for them. The Sinhala parties have got only one and only one slogan that's LTTE!! They can't talk about economics,developments,health, equality, housing ,transport, and more importantly reconciliation and answers for the dead and disappeared.
Tom Sunday, 14 March 2021 10:04 PM
Rajive Gandhi cuddled LTTE for some time, till he blew to smithereens
Deep Sunday, 14 March 2021 11:41 PM
Why not, and make Adel Balasingam the Queen of exiled Tigers on this mothers day. Afterall they used to call her Amma!! :) What hypocritical world we live in.
E Fernando Monday, 15 March 2021 01:30 PM
they want the ban lifted so that they can access the frozen bank accounts
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