by Shamindra Ferdinando
Following the General Court of the European Union decision to delist the LTTE, key EU member, UK is now closely studying the judgment.
The court also directed the defendant, the Council of European Union to pay the costs.
The Council of the European Union was the defendant, supported by the Netherlands, the UK and the European Commission.
A spokesperson for the British High Commission in Colombo said: “We are carefully studying the judgment and next steps. As the EU has already made clear, the legal ruling was based on procedural grounds, and the freeze on LTTE funds imposed by the EU listing has been maintained for another three months.”
The spokesperson was responding to a query whether the UK would have to abide by the ruling given on October 16.
The UK proscribed the LTTE in 2001 under the Terrorism Act 2000, ten years after the LTTE had assassinated former Indian Premier Rajiv Gandhi in April 1991.
The EU proscribed the LTTE in May 2006 due to the Bush administration’s backing for Sri Lanka’s campaign to have the outfit banned.
External Affairs Ministry sources told The Island that there had never been a previous case of a proscribed organisation being offered costs by an international court.
Sources said that those who had represented the LTTE in General Court of the European Union were likely to push the matter before the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council.
The Netherlands, the UK and the European Commission were ordered to bear their own costs.
The case initiated by Tamil activists on behalf of the LTTE, originally filed in April 2011 with additions later, was represented by the lawyers V. Koppe, A. M. van Eik and T. Buruma.