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Over 9000 "LTTE suspects"
Tamil Tigers
Tamil Tigers

A day ahead of an emergency session by the United Nations human rights council on Sri Lanka military authorities announced that over 9000 Tamil Tiger suspects are being held in detention.

Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told the BBC that 9,100 has been identified as those with LTTE links.

"We have sent the majority of them including child soldiers for rehabilitation," he said.

allegations by Human rights watchdogs

Denying allegations by Human rights watchdogs that some of the suspects have been abducted from IDPs camps in the north, Brigadier Nanayakkara said that these suspects have "surrendered themselves" at screening centres.

These screening centres are used to identify suspected Tamil Tigers leaving the war ravaged Vanni area.

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, who visited the war displaced in Vavunia in the weekend called for the speeding up of the screening process.

separation of the former combatants

"I sincerely hope that the screening process and the separation of the former combatants will take place as soon as possible, so that the others can return to their homes," he said.

The media centre for national security says that those sent for rehabilitation are held at "Pompemadu, Rambakulam, Omanthai, Pallekale, Ambepussa, Thelippalai, Welikanda, Poonthottam and a few more in the Menik Farm along with their parents".

The announcement comes on the eve of an emergency session held by the United Nations human rights council, which will discuss the situation in Sri Lanka and allegations of violations committed during the conflict.

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