(BRUSSELS, LANKAPUVATH) – The European Union’s (EU) top Court has rejected an argument by people accused of collecting funds for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that activities by the group shouldn’t be classified as “Terrorist acts,” the Associated Press reported.
Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in 2009 when Government forces defeated the rebels, who fought to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils.
In the case reviewed on Tuesday (14) by the European Court of Justice, 4 people in the Netherlands had their assets frozen on the basis that the LTTE were involved in terrorism. They argued the group’s activities, as an armed force in a civil war, were governed by international humanitarian law and not international anti-terrorism rules.
The Court found international law “Does not prevent actions by armed forces during periods of armed conflict from constituting ‘Terrorist acts.'”
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