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 Post Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 7:23 pm 
Sri Lanka invokes tough anti-terror laws to battle LTTE

Under the new laws today, anyone found guilty of "terrorism" will be sentenced to a minimum jail sentence of 10 years and a maximum period of 20 years. "Terrorism," means the use of violence, force, coercion, intimidation, threats, duress against groups or individuals. Any act against the state or any sovereign state also qualifies. The laws also give the security forces and police wide powers of arrest and detention.

@ The Hindu /06Dec2006

Colombo, Dec. 6 (PTI): the Sri Lankan Government today introduced tough anti-terrorism laws to fight increasing threats from Tamil Tigers, but stopped short of re-imposing a ban on the rebels despite pressure from hardliners to do so.

Provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and the Emergency laws will come into effect shortly to stem ethnic violence which has resulted in the deaths of over 3,400 people and displaced hundreds of civilians in the last 12 months, government officials said.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said they did not want to ban the Tigers as demanded by several nationalist groups because a previous ban did not yield results.

"We saw what happened when we banned the LTTE in 1998," the Minister said, referring to the ban slapped shortly after the guerrillas were held responsible for bombing the highly venerated Temple of the (Buddha's) Tooth in January 1998.

"Subsequently, that did not stop them from continuing with their acts of violence," the Minister said adding the government asked peace broker Norway to help bring the Tigers to the table.

The President promulgated new regulations incorporating the PTA and the Public Security Ordinance to outlaw any dealings with groups supporting "terrorism".

The tough anti-terror laws had been effectively suspended following a February 2002 Norwegian-brokered truce with the rebels Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Under the new laws today, anyone found guilty of "terrorism" will be sentenced to a minimum jail sentence of 10 years and a maximum period of 20 years.

"Terrorism," means the use of violence, force, coercion, intimidation, threats, duress against groups or individuals. Any act against the state or any sovereign state also qualifies. The laws also give the security forces and police wide powers of arrest and detention.

Nationalist groups supporting President Mahinda Rajapaksa's People's Alliance Government demanded the proscription of the LTTE after the latest assassination attempt in the island nation.

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the President's brother, was the target of a Tiger suicide bomber in a daring attack on his convoy on November 27. He was unhurt but two soldiers died and 15 people were injured.

The new regulations declared by President Rajapakse did not directly name the Tamil Tigers and left the door open for reviving negotiations, Minister Samaraweera said.

"This is an incentive for the LTTE to come to talks," Samaraweera told reporters at the tightly-guarded Parliament building where 16 Ministers and two deputies were present.

He said the government asked Norway to resume contacts with the guerrillas and get them back to the table at the earliest.

On Sunday, the government had asked Oslo to suspend contacts with Tigers pending a review of Colombo's ties with the rebels.

Samaraweera said the regulations did not outlaw the Tigers, nor were they aimed at stopping external contacts. It was to help develop the rebel-held areas and ensure people received relief supplies.


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