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The government has decided to speed up the prosecution of all remaining hardcore LTTE cadres and rehabilitate those who have been charged with minor offences, acting Attorney General Palitha Fernando said yesterday.

He said the cases would be heard within three months and a four-member committee has been appointed by the government to do this work.
The committee headed by Additional Solicitor General and Former Justice Ministry Secretary Suhada Gamlath comprises Senior State Counsel Shavindra Fernando, Dilan Ratnayaka and Sudharshana De Silva.

“The preliminary investigations carried out by the Terrorists Investigations Division (TID) have found some former LTTE cadres to have allegedly committed serious war crimes such as bombing, killing civilians and attacking economically sensitive places while the others are alleged to have committed minor offences and can be considered for rehabilitation,” Mr. Fernando said.

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 Committee will categorize those requiring to be prosecuted and others requiring rehabilitation.
“The government is keen to complete the prosecution and rehabilitation process as soon as possible because the international community especially India are concerned about it. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sambanthan has held several rounds of talks with the government on this issue and is also keen to have the prosecution process expedited,” Mr. Fernando said.

Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Ministry Secretary A. Dissanayaka said 670 hardcore LTTE cadres were held in remand prison and while 700 LTTErs were to be considered for rehabilitation. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
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  • Mohamed Wednesday, 11 July 2012 02:46 AM

    "The government has decided to speed up the prosecution of all remaining hardcore LTTE cadres "
    What do they rate Karuna & KP as? Hardcore UPFA members?

    w.d kandasamy Wednesday, 11 July 2012 08:34 AM

    We want accountability of human crime to address of tamil-LTTE terrorist who had been killed inconence civilians of Tamil Sinhalese and Muslims.. Treeorist must give punishments by court of law.No way regibiliation of tamil LTTE terrorist.

    Sri Lankan Thursday, 12 July 2012 04:56 AM

    And your point is Mr. Kandasamy ?

    saman Wednesday, 11 July 2012 09:13 AM

    Terrorists deserve DEATH penalty!

    haran Sitha Wednesday, 11 July 2012 09:38 AM

    Reading the story of the 28 guy who killed in the prison protest recently was very sad. He was the only son for the parents and they maintain he was not a LTTE member. He was only arrested on suspicion after war was over. The parents were not even given permission to bury their son according to their wish.

    Richardson Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:43 PM

    What a nice hair style !!!

    Nodrog Wednesday, 11 July 2012 06:35 AM

    After 3 years you suddenly to speed things up? Whats the catch?

    Yohan Perera Wednesday, 11 July 2012 07:12 AM

    Good... The government is learning, so that history shall not repeat (Ex: hostage situation in the prison).

    Hussain Wednesday, 11 July 2012 07:28 AM

    No hurry, collect the evidence and then prosecute these terrorists and give them long sentences in prison with hard labor. There is blood on their hands.

    Lankashantha Wednesday, 11 July 2012 01:28 AM

    Yes, this is another Election trick to get votes of those families in the East.


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