(Lanka-e-News- 18.Feb.2016, 8.40AM) During the days of the final phase of the war , a large number of LTTE cadres surrendered to the Mulaitivu army camp . Their name lists and the name registers of those LTTE members who were arrested should be in the Mauliativu camp , the Major General and commanding officer of the 58 th regiment and of the Mulaitiuvu army camp had revealed in Mulaitivu court yesterday.
The army chief who was present in court to give evidence made this revelation today when a number of habeas corpus cases were taken up for trial.
Lawyer R.S. Ratnavel who appeared for these cases said , this was the first time the government or army made a statement that LTTE cadres surrendered , and hitherto the officials persistently stated they did not surrender. Since there was no information regarding the LTTE cadres who surrendered to the army , the relatives of the LTTE cadres had filed habeas corpus cases numbering four in the court.
During that period , via speakers announcements were made to surrender to the army even if they had been a member of the LTTE for a single day, and accordingly about 200,000 to 300,000 members surrendered , Rathnavale said.
At that time when they surrendered , two catholic fathers who were summoned by the army to Mulaitivu to prepare the name registers and as witnesses, have by now gone missing , and in the Mulaitivu courts cases are being heard in this connection , he further disclosed.
Consequent upon the revelations made to court by the army major general , the Mulaitivu magistrate ordered the army officer to produce the name registers of the LTTE cadres who surrendered to the army and were arrested, to the court on 9 th of April , the lawyer stated .
By Dinasena Rathugamage from Vavuniya
Translated by Jeff