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Thursday, November 27, 2014 -  5.30 GMT
Army to return more LTTE-possessed gold jewellery to rightful owners in North


Sri Lanka Army has taken measures to return another stock of gold jewellery the terrorist group LTTE possessed to the rightful owners in the North.

Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake on Wednesday (26) at the Defense Ministry media briefing said the another stock of gold jewellery will be released to 1,960 identified rightful owners in the North at a ceremony on December 4, headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The latest 1960 identified owners from Mannar (223), Vavuniya (319), Jaffna (45), Kilinochchi (1187) and Mullaitivu (186) are scheduled to arrive at Temple Trees in Colombo on December 4, to receive their jewellery back from the President.

The LTTE in their Eelam Banks had a large amount of gold either forcefully taken from the civilians or that was pawned to their banks.

The security forces after the end of the war recovered the considerable stock of gold jewellery from the LTTE banks, documented, properly catalogued and detained for safe-keeping under the custody of the Security Forces on the directions of the President.

The security forces in the North are now in the process of returning the gold jewellery to the identified rightful owners.

Another 419 rightful owners of the gold jewellery are yet to be traced, the Army Commander said, adding that the Army is taking every effort to find the owners.

President Rajapaksa last month symbolically inaugurated the return of gold jewellery to 25 owners of the Northern Province at Kilinochchi.

The Security Forces have so far managed to identify 2,377 legitimate claimants to the recovered jewellery, although some of which had already been pawned by those owners and obtained money from the LTTE, evidenced in some receipts, produced to the Security Forces by the victims.

In the event if a legitimate owner cannot be found, the valuables will be handed over to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in accordance with State regulations and provisions.





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