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Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the likely effects on levels of activity of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the UK of the military defeat of that group in Sri Lanka. (282822)

As a matter of policy we do not disclose assessments of levels of terrorist activity and violent extremism in the UK. The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) is responsible for assessing the terrorist threat to this country and UK interests overseas, and Ministers play no part in that process.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE—“Tamil Tigers”) has for many years been the main terrorist organisation connected to Tamil affairs in Sri Lanka. The LTTE remains a proscribed organisation in the UK, and membership, fundraising and various other activities in support of the organisation are criminal offences. The prosecution of terrorist offences committed in support of the LTTE is the responsibility of the police and Crown Prosecution Service.