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Judicial system to be reestablished in former LTTE-held towns

world Updated: Feb 22, 2010 15:06 IST

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Over a year after liberating Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu from the LTTE, Sri Lanka will reestablish judicial system in the two districts from next month replacing two decades of 'Kangaroo Courts' run by the now vanquished Tamil Tigers.

Jaffna High Court authorities are working towards reestablishing the judicial system in Kilinochchi on March 1 and in Mullaitivu later.

Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu -- the former de-facto capital of the Tamil Tigers and headquarters of the outfit's naval wing respectively -- had 'Kangaroo Courts' administered by the LTTE with its won judges and police force since 1987.

"Executions by firing squads and imprisonments in undisclosed areas deep in the jungles were carried out by the LTTE Court houses during that time," the state-owned Sunday Observer reported.

Jaffna High Court Judge R T Vicknaraja termed re-establishing judicial system in the two districts as "remarkable" and said this will pave the way for enforcement of law and order there.

Kilinochci and Mullaitivu were captured by the Sri Lankan Army on January 2 and 25 respectively in the last phase of the 30-year-old civil war curtains on which came down with the death of Velupillai Prabhakaran in May last year.