March 8, 2021

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LTTE won’t lose terrorist status in UK for now – Times of India

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LONDON: An attempt to remove the terrorist label from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Britain via the courts has not been successful.
Five unnamed members of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) brought the legal case seeking to get the LTTE removed from the list of organisations proscribed under the Terrorism Act 2000 in Britain.
On December 10, 2018 the UK home office received the application to de-proscribe LTTE. The home secretary at the time decided that there was sufficient evidence to form a reasonable belief that LTTE continued to be concerned in terrorism and refused the de-proscription application.
The TGTE members then lodged an appeal with the Proscribed Organisations Appeals Commission (POAC), which was successful.
On October 21, 2020 the POAC ruled the decision to proscribe LTTE as a terrorist organisation in the first place was “flawed” as the material presented to the home secretary at the time had misstated and inaccurately summarised the views of expert advisory bodies.
But in a judgment on relief on Thursday, the POAC declined to order home secretary Priti Patel to lay an order in Parliament to remove LTTE from the list of proscribed organisations.
Lady Justice Elisabeth Laing, Richard Whittam QC and Philip Nelson CMG instead accepted an undertaking from the home secretary to reconsider the application to de-proscribe the LTTE within 90 days.
A home office spokesperson said: “We accept the commission’s judgment on relief. The appellants are seeking permission to appeal the judgment, and we await the outcome of that application. The LTTE remains a proscribed organisation at this time.”
The appellants had made submissions requesting the POAC to direct the home secretary to lay an order before Parliament the effect of which, if Parliament approved it, would have been to de-proscribe the LTTE. But the judges pointed out this did not allow the home secretary to reconsider a flawed decision and it was not the case that they had found “no evidence” to support the LTTE being proscribed.
The TGTE is a government-in-exile for the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora — which is proscribed in Sri Lanka but allowed in the UK — that wishes to create an independent state for the Sri Lankan Tamil minority.
The now defunct LTTE remains proscribed as a terrorist organisation in 32 countries round the world, including in India. It was responsible for the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.



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