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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 - 15:51
UPDATE: 16 LTTE front organisations abroad proscribed; Stern action against those who maintain relationships : Video

The Sri Lankan Government has in a decisive move with far reaching implications proscribed as foreign terrorist entities several overseas organizations suspected of being fronts of the LTTE.

The Government of Sri Lanka has now banned several organizations functioning abroad as “foreign terrorist” utilising the UN Security Council Resolution 1373 which was brought about by the USA on September 28th 2001 after the attack on New York twin towers on September 11th 2001.

It is learnt that the Sri Lankan ministry of External Affairs has gazetted legislation outlawing several organizations reportedly functioning in several countries including the USA, Canada Britain, Norway, Italy, Switzerland,France and Australia.

Among organizations proscribed are the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam headed by Visuvanathan Ruthirakumaran.

An order designating persons and entities in terms of the United National Security Council resolution 1373 which sets out strategies to combat terrorism and to control terrorist financing has been signed by professor G L Peris and will be published in the government gazette shortly.

This order is based on the recommendation by the secretary, Ministry of Defence and urban development, as the competent authority regarding the identification of persons, groups and entities, believed on reasonable grounds to be committing, attempting to commit, facilitating or participating in the commission of act of terrorism.

The substantial effect of an order under this regulation is that 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.

In terms of the regulation, any person who fails to comply with an order to freeze assets is liable to heavy penalties.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 01 April 2014 - 07:22
16 LTTE fronts including LTTE banned

The government has decided to ban 16 LTTE fronts including the LTTE operating overseas with the aim of establishing a separate state in the country.

Army Media spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya stated, the relevant gazette notification is to be released soon.

16 organizations encompassing V. Rudrakumaran’s TGTE which aims for a virtual Eelam state, Global Tamil Forum and British Tamil Forum among others will be banned.

The Army Media spokesman further said, these organizations have been banned following a resolution passed at the UN Security Council in 2001 and legal measures will be taken against any person involved with the alleged organizations.

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