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

The Sri Lankan forces crushed the rebels in May 2009, ending three decades of civil war.

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2010, 18:13 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.

DEW 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.

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

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 UN 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