Lanka Clamps Ban on LTTE - The New Indian Express

Lanka Clamps Ban on LTTE

Published: 02nd April 2014 10:36 AM

Last Updated: 02nd April 2014 10:36 AM

In a decisive move to nip in the bud the revival of Tamil militancy in Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern Provinces with overt or covert international support, the Sri Lankan government on Tuesday banned the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and allied Tamil militant outfits based overseas.

The order, which was signed by the Lankan Minister of External Minister, G L Peiris, did not name the outfits immediately, but said that it “designates certain persons and entities in terms of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 which sets out strategies to combat terrorism and to control terrorist financing.”

The list of designated entities and persons will be published in the Government gazette shortly, a Ministry of External Affairs said.  

Under the order, all funds, assets and economic resources belonging to or owned by the designated persons or entities remain frozen until they are removed from the designated list. Moving, transferring or dealing with frozen assets without the permission of the Competent Authority is prohibited. In terms of the Regulation, any person who fails to comply with this order is liable to heavy penalties.

The order is based on the recommendation by the Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is the Competent Authority regarding the identification of persons and groups, believed to be committing, or in the commission of acts of terrorism.

Sources told Express that Lanka has been asking Western countries for information on suspected Tamil terrorists in their territories, but has drawn a blank so far.

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