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Lankan Govt revokes radio license given to LTTE

world Updated: Feb 14, 2009 20:42 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is not only getting cornered on the ground, it is also losing frequency. The LTTE propaganda machinery took another hit on Saturday with the government revoking a radio license given to the rebels.

A petition had been filed against the `Voice of Tigers' in the local Appeals Court following which the government decided to revoke the license.

The Attorney General informed the Appeal Courts of the government's decision when a petition challenging the LTTE radio license was submitted. The petitioner argued that the radio license was illegal as the LTTE had been banned in the beginning of this year.

Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said the LTTE was given permission to have their own radio channel during the peace talks in 2002. He added that there will be no provision any longer for the LTTE to continue running the radio channel.

The government and the LTTE had entered into a fragile Norway-brokered ceasefire in 2002. It broke down in the beginning of 2008.

The rebel radio office had come under repeatedly attacks from the Sri Lankan air force (SLAF) in the last few years.

In 2007, the SLAF had bombed an LTTE radio station in Kilinochchi allegedly killing nine people.

In another incident, the SLAF has destroyed the broadcasting towers of radio channel in Killinochchi.

In 2008, the Serbian government had terminated the broadcast license granted to Voice of Tigers to retransmit to Europe, North Africa and Middle East via a Serbian satellite.

An LTTE-run website has also stopped giving updates from the end of January, a clear indication that the rebels were no longer in a position to directly put forward their views. .

Meanwhile, the military claimed on Saturday that LTTE cadres attacked a bus carrying Tamil civilians killing one and injuring at least 13 others in the Pulliyankualam area of Mullaitivu district.

A60-year-old mother of two was killed while four children and nine elderly people were among the injured. The injured are now being treated at the government hospital Vavuniya.