Lanka sets up committee to address LTTE detainees issue

Sri Lanka said it has set up a committee to study cases against the LTTE cadres detained after the end of civil war and to expedite necessary legal action.

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2011, 00:54 AM IST

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Thursday said it has set
up a committee to study cases against the LTTE cadres detained
after the end of civil war and to expedite necessary legal
action.

The committee began its work by interviewing 182
detainees in the Boossa detention camp located in the southern
province yesterday, the government`s official website
reported.

The four member committee is headed by Deputy
Solicitor General Shavindra Fernando and was appointed by the
president Mahinda Rajapksha on a recommendation made by the
Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) examining
incidents related to the ethnic conflict.

More than 11,000 have been detained after the war that
lasted in May 2009. 5,586 have been later released after
undergoing the rehabilitation process.

At least 78 former LTTE caders were released last week
to mark the Thaipongal ceremony widely celebrated event by the
Tamil Hindus.

During the rehabilitation the LTTE cadres have been
provided vocational training and in some cases school
education.

PTI