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Former LTTE cadre sentenced for life under PTA

A former LTTE cadre received a life sentence on Tuesday under Sri Lanka's notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act, for allegedly recruiting 'child soldiers'. 

Mr Kannadasan lawyer questioned how he could be prosecuted as he had undergone the government's 'rehabilitation programme' following the end of the armed conflict.

Many LTTE cadres were enticed to surrender themselves and undergo the government programme on the promise they would not be later prosecuted under Sri Lanka's laws for their involvement with the LTTE. 

The Vavuniya High Court judge who passed the sentence expressed his regret at having to do so. 

The sentence comes despite the Sri Lankan government's promises to the international community it would repeal the PTA.