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A British Court has ruled that being a member of the Tamil Tigers, which has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the government, should not prevent an individual claiming asylum. Their ruling was made in the case of “R” who joined the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 1992, at the age of 10.

The Tamil Tigers, or Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, have been involved in a bloody struggle in Sri Lanka, that stretches back 30 years.

“R” occupied various positions until, at the age of 18, he was appointed to lead a mobile unit transporting members of the intelligence division through the jungles to Colombo.

He also acted as chief security guard to the leader of the intelligence division and second in command of the combat unit of the intelligence division.

In October 2006 he was sent under cover to Colombo to await further instructions but two months later he discovered that the Sri Lankan government was aware of his presence in the capital.

He fled to Britain and claimed asylum on the basis that if he returned to Sri Lanka he would face mistreatment due to his race and LTTE membership.

The application was refused, saying that there were grounds for considering that he had committed war crimes.

It said the Tamil Tigers had been “responsible for widespread and systemic war crimes and crimes against humanity” and that his membership of an extremist group could be presumed to amount to “personal and knowing participation, or at least acquiescence amounting to complicity, in the crimes in question.”

The decision was quashed by the Court of Appeal which said the government was wrong to assume that the individual, as a member of the LTTE, was guilty of knowing participation in such crimes and that the government should have considered whether there was evidence that he had made a significant contribution to the commission of such crimes.

The Home Secretary appealed against the decision but on Wednesday that was turned down.

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  • Thursday, 18 March 2010 07:10 PM

    Please take all of them and 'give them PR'! Wonderful gesture! We really would like to gift you all of them, unselfishly ... :)

    Friday, 19 March 2010 06:10 AM

    Good job Britain! Please take ALL the LTTE asylum seekers and keep them in the UK forever. Let the British taxpayers look after them.

    Thursday, 18 March 2010 12:06 PM

    give him PR we dont want any evils here
    feed him well wash him well then take him as the pilow of the judge

    Thursday, 18 March 2010 10:22 PM

    Place him on 'welfare,' at the expense of the British taxpayer.

    Thursday, 18 March 2010 10:29 PM

    Take the plunge, 'opportunity knocks only once.'

    Thursday, 18 March 2010 12:31 PM

    I wonder wether the judgement would been the same,had the terrorist been an Al-Queda or other anti west, terrorist suspect.

    Thursday, 18 March 2010 10:55 PM

    Whatever said and done, when evrything is analysed to the last detail, and viewed through the Dhamma of our Lord Buddha, it wouldn't be wrong to suggest that the UK is more 'Buddhist' than SL.

    Thursday, 18 March 2010 12:32 PM

    What about Al-Qaeda members? May be Binladen as an individual can apply too? Funny Brits!

    Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:04 PM

    thank you UK!!! you can collect all the garbage we've got here!!!

    Thursday, 18 March 2010 01:36 PM

    Why did not the UK government grant asylum to the Nazi
    collaborators after the War? Some are still being hunted and prosecuted in Europe.

    Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:11 PM

    Good Job Britain. You can have all the bloody tamil tiger murderers on your land! We are very happy to get rid of them!! Your tax payers can support these war criminals!!

    Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:20 PM

    Can they apply same to the Al-Qeda too

    Thursday, 18 March 2010 02:44 PM

    sale..sale...UK citizenship on sale !! ( only for terrorists )

    Thursday, 18 March 2010 03:25 PM

    Sri Lanka follows British Law (Mahinda told the Singapore based news paper recently) and this smart youg man must have been aware of the outcome before he fled to UK

    Thursday, 18 March 2010 06:21 AM

    Smart! They open the floodgates, and then complain about homegrown terrorism.


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