Counterterrorist body to probe Tamil schools

5th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

The National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security NCTV is to consider whether there is reason to take action against Saturday schools in the Netherlands run by Tamil Tigers.

The Sri Lankan Tamil separatist movement runs at least 21 such schools in the Netherlands, it was revealed earlier this week.

[related-articles]The schools are not part of the state education system, but offer children lessons in Tamil culture out of regular school hours, Security Minister Ivo Opstelten told MPs.

Mr Opstelten referred to the trial of five men charged with collecting funds for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam LTTE, which has been on the European list of terrorist organisations since 2006. When the court delivers a verdict, expected this month, the Public Prosecutor will raise the matter of closing the schools with the local authorities concerned.

However, in response to a plea from the Christian Democrat party, the minister said the NCTV would investigate whether it is feasible to take action sooner.

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