`Lanka to indict 1,000 ex-LTTE cadres on charges of terrorism`

The government will indict some 1,000 former LTTE cadres in custody on charges of involvement in terrorism during the nearly three decades ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka that came to an end last May.

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2010, 23:51 PM IST

Colombo: The government will indict some 1,000 former LTTE cadres in custody on charges of involvement in terrorism during the nearly three decades ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka that came to an end last May.

D.E.W. Gunasekara, Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister, said these former LTTE cadres are being held on charges of their involvement in terrorism.

According to the ColomboPage online, the government has decided to indict some 1,000 former LTTE cadres who are currently in custody and release 23 former women LTTE cadres on Monday.

Gunasekara said the government has so far rehabilitated and released some 4,460 former LTTE cadres including 304 females.

The Sri Lankan forces crushed the rebels in May 2009, ending three decades of civil war that killed between 80,000 and 100,000 people. The government continues to screen refugees in military-run camps for rebel fighters.

The defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels ended the group`s quarter-century armed struggle for a separate state.

According to U.N. and rights watchdog reports, more than 7,000 civilians were killed in fighting between mid-January and May 2009, when the military routed the rebels.

PTI