Indian government should hear both sides; ‘A violation of Natural Justice’ TGTE says

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The head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) said that the government of India, which is presently conducting a tribunal which will decide whether to extend India’s ban on the Tamil Tigers resistance group, should allow speakers for the Tigers to give testimony before the tribunal. “Justice requires that both sides be heard,” said V. Rudrakumaran, head of the TGTE.

The head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) said that the government of India, which is presently conducting a tribunal which will decide whether to extend India’s ban on the Tamil Tigers resistance group, should allow speakers for the Tigers to give testimony before the tribunal. “Justice requires that both sides be heard,” said V. Rudrakumaran, head of the TGTE.

The Prime Minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, Mr. V Rudrakumaran, has expressed concern over the lack of the important component of natural justice, namely the opportunity for both sides to be heard, in the present Tribunal in India to examine the ban on the LTTE. “We respectfully request the Indian Government to ensure conditions are conducive to the LTTE members to present their case,” he said.

The text of Prime Minister Rudrakumaran’s statement is as follows:

“It has been brought to the attention of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam that the current Tribunal to examine the renewal of the ban of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in India is flawed.

“An important component of natural justice and the integrity of any judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings is audi alteram partem (both sides to be heard). Thus we respectfully request the Indian Government to ensure that conditions are made conducive for the LTTE members to present their case. We call upon the Indian Government that it should do all it can to dispel the fear that any member of the LTTE who came forward to present their case will be subject to deportation to Sri Lanka or be subject to extra-judicial punishment.

“The transnational community of Eelam Tamils living in all parts of the world is looking to India for justice and fairness at this important juncture of our continuing struggle for freedom with justice in our own land,” Mr. Rudrakumaran added.

To see this press release in Tamil go to: http://www.tgte-us.org/main_news.html

For further information from the TGTE send inquries to Mr. Suginthan Murugiah at Secretariat(at)tgte(dot)org

Visit us at http://www.TGTE.org or http://www.TGTE-US.ORG

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