Out of 11,696 former LTTE cadres in custody, 5,586 have left rehabilitation centres at the conclusion of the war in May 2009.
Following rehabilitation 5,586 LTTE cadres have left rehabilitation centres since the end of the war. At the beginning rehabilitation centres held 11,696 LTTE personnel, Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, Brigadier Susantha Ranasinghe said.
Around 100 more ex-LTTE cadres would be released at a public gathering in Jaffna on Jan. 15 to coincide with Thaipongal, the Island reported quoting the Commissioner.
He said that only 4,761 remained in his care in centres in the Northern Province. The majority of them could be freed this year, he said, adding that those scheduled to be handed over to their families on Jan. 15 would be the first batch to be freed in 2011.
The Commissioner said that Sri Lanka had received the support of the international community and business leaders to accelerate the rehabilitation process.
Brigadier Ranasinghe said that there were only nine rehabilitation centres for ex-LTTE combatants at present, though there had been 24 at the inception. The Rehabilitation Chief said that of some 361 child soldiers, who had sat the GCE (O/L) examination last year, 211 qualified to do GCE (A/L).