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10,000 Tiger suspects: Govt. seeks US help

[Sunday Times.lk, Sunday, 27 September 2009 06:23 No Comment]

Sri Lanka is seeking help from the United States in its efforts to formulate procedures to cope with more than 10,000 Tiger guerrilla suspects now in custody. The aim is to study how the US handled terrorist suspects, particularly thousands from the outlawed al-Qaeda, after the 9/11 attacks in New York.

Attorney General Mohan Peiris will arrive in Washington tomorrow for talks in this regard with officials in the US Attorney General’s Department. According to diplomatic sources, the visit has been arranged in consultation with the United States embassy in Colombo.

At present there are more than 10,000 suspected members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Government custody. There has been a slight increase in the numbers as more guerrilla suspects are being rounded up.

This is both through interrogations in IDP camps as well as search operations in other areas. While a sizeable number against whom there is evidence will face prosecution, the Government is yet to finalise the legal procedures they are to be put through. Those against whom there is no evidence are to be sent for rehabilitation.

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