Court ‘cannot decide’ on rehabilitation
Courts in Sri Lanka do not have legal authority to decide the time limit for rehabilitation of Tamil Tiger suspects, a court in Colombo observed.
The Colombo additional magistrate made the statement in response to a question raised by a Tamil Tiger suspect.
Producing a LTTE suspect, who has surrendered to the security forces at the end of fighting in Vanni, police Terrorism Prevention Division (TID) requested the court to send him for rehabilitation.
The suspect, Mylvaganam Vinodalingam, then requested the court to let him know the duration of his stay in a rehabilitation camp.
The magistrate, responding, said it is up to rehabilitation authorities to decide on the duration and the courts cannot decide the time limit.