Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sri Lanka plans special tribunals to try LTTE cadres

Sri Lanka plans to set up a Special Tribunal to try over 10,000 LTTE suspects who have been involved in various crimes and has even sought help from the US and UK in dealing with the former rebels.

“Our aim is to settle the cases against the LTTE cadres speedily as it could otherwise take years in the normal legal system in courts,” a top government official said.

More than 10,000 LTTE cadres are being held in various centres across Sri Lanka after the end of the 30-year-old civil war with the death of Velupillai Prabhakaran in May. The official said the Ministry of Justice and Law Reforms has mooted the proposal for a Special Tribunal for trying these cases and that it was under the consideration of the government.

He also said the Special Tribunals may be set up on the lines of the Special Commission set up to inquire into the JVP excesses in 1971. As part of the proposal, moves are on to classify the LTTE suspects into three groups namely, those involved in grave r crimes, those who could be rehabilitated and those not involved in grave crimes and can be released on conditional bail.

The country's Attorney General Mr Mohan Pereis and Justice Ministry Secretary Mr Suhada Gamlath will visit US and UK in this regard.

© Press Trust of India

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