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Incidents and Statments involving LTTE: 2017



Nature of incident

January 2

Mullaitivu District

Mullaitivu District Court asked the Army to submit the list of LTTE cadres who surrendered to the security forces during the final phase of the war with the LTTE in 2009.

January 21 Jaffna District

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneshwaran speaking during a discussion in Jaffna District said that no skills based training was provided to Ex-LTTE cadres during the reconciliation programmes.

January 28

Kilinochchi District

Four ex-LTTE cadres in the Tamil-majority Northern Province were arrested by the TID officials for plotting to assassinate TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran.

January 30

Kegalla District

President Maithripala Sirisena speaking as the Chief Guest at a ceremony at Ambepussa town in the Kegalla District said that the country will never forget the sacrifices made by the Security Forces and the Police during the country's three decade old LTTE war.

February 7 Colombo

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told foreign correspondents that the Government will seek more time at the next UNHRC session to investigate war crime allegations against the LTTE which ended in 2009.

February 11 Colombo

Former LTTE leader turned politician Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman launched a new political party to voice the concerns of minority Tamils in the North and East.

February 22 Colombo

Colombo Additional Magistrate Aruni Atigalla ordered that a former LTTE cadre and three others arrested from the Bandaranaike International Airport when they were attempting to send a cap embossed with the official emblem of the LTTE be remanded till March 1.

February 25 Polonnaruwa District

President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony in Polonnaruwa District reiterated that there will be no foreign judges in the domestic mechanism which is to be established to probe the alleged war crimes and human right violations during the three-decade long conflict with LTTE.

March 3 Trincomalee District

A group of ex-LTTE cadres formed a new political party in Trincomalee District. The 'Rehabilitated United Liberation Tigers Front' was formed to get the issues faced by the minority Tamils addressed since the main stream political parties have failed.

March 5 Colombo

Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said that LTTE weapons are falling into hands of criminal elements.

March 6 Gampaha District

Gampaha District High Court ordered to further detain two LTTE cadres for bombing of a military aircraft in 2000 till March 21.

March 9 Colombo

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament that a group of Joint Opposition members joined hands with LTTE cadres to stage a protest against him while he was in Australia when the Deakin University conferred him with an honorary degree.

March 13 Monaragala District

An ex-LTTE cadre and three others were arrested by the Police in Wellawaya town of Monaragala District in Uva Province on suspicion.

March 18 Jaffna District

TNA Spokesman M A Sumanthiran speaking to the media following an event in Jaffna District insisted on foreign judges in the judicial mechanism to inquire into the human rights violations during the last stage of LTTE war.

March 30 Colombo

Colombo High Court sentenced a LTTE suspect in Fort Railway Station bomb blast in 2008 that killed 16 people to 20-year-rigorous imprisonment.

March 30 Colombo

The request to summon former Major General Shavendra Silva before the Court in connection with the disappearance of former LTTE leader Sinnathurai Sasitharan alias Elilan during the war period was rejected by the Mullaitivu Magistrate M. Samsudeen.

March 31 Colombo

Skills Development and Vocational Development Training Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe at a press conference held at the Information Department auditorium in Colombo said that the Government would not allow any foreign tribunal or judge to inquire into the last phase of the LTTE war.

April 12 Vavuniya District

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan addressing a ceremony to handover houses to people displaced due to the LTTE conflict in Vavuniya District said that issues of Tamils need quick solutions but if the Government fails in giving solutions the people will feel fed up with the Government as well.

April 29

Batticaloa District

ITAK party spokesman MA Sumanthiran at the party's central committee meeting held in Batticaloa said the party has decided to integrate rehabilitated LTTE cadres in to the party as part of a bid to give them the opportunity to involve in political affairs.

May 1 Ampara District

ITAK leader Mavai Senathirajah at a May Day rally held in Alayadivembu Dharmasangari playground in Ampara District said ITAK is willing to absorb the rehabilitated former LTTE cadres into mainstream politics.

May 22

Kilinochchi District

Former international wing leader and chief arms procurer of the LTTE Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP speaking to WION in an exclusive interview said that s a former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MG Ramachandran, known as MGR, provided money to buy the ships and weapons.

July 4


Colombo High Court sentenced a woman for harboring a LTTE female suicide bomber who staged a suicide attack on the then Minister of Agricultural Development and Agrarian Services and current President Maithripala Sirisena in 2008 at Boralesgamuwa.

July 26

Vavuniya District

Vavuniya High Court sentenced K. Dasan, a former cadre of LTTE for abducting and recruiting children to fight during the war, to life imprisonment.

July 31 Jaffna District

IGP Pujith Jayasundare who is on a visit to Jaffna District said that the main suspect involved in the attack on two Police constables in Kopay was a former LTTE cadre.

August 1 Jaffna District

IGP Pujith Jayasundera during a discussion in Jaffna District said terrorism had not been eliminated completely from the country and the attempts made by the LTTE to stage a comeback should be defeated at any cost.


Source: Figures are compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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