The government has said that suspected LTTE detainees cannot be treated under the same law as everyone else.
Deputy Economic Development Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardhana has told the BBC that any country in the world would agree that they could not be treated like ordinary criminals.
Abeywardhana has been quoted as saying, “The detainees are providing us with information about others who are still at large. The authorities need to keep them for longer to extract more information about the rebel activities and people involved.”
Meanwhile, former LTTEers currently being rehabilitated in the north have reportedly turned up for job interviews today (29) in the private sector held in two camps in Vavuniya.
The local media stated that they are being interviewed mostly for jobs in factories.
Some 4,000 former LTTE cadres are being rehabilitated at the Pampaimadu and Nelunkulama camps in Vavuniya.