President Mahinda Rajapaksa will hand over a part of recovered gold jewellery belonging to over 2,100 Northerners at Temple Trees today afternoon. These valuables had been recovered by the Army from the ‘Eelam banks’ set up by the LTTE in the North in 2009.
Military Spokesperson, Ruwan Wanigasooriya, addressing a media briefing yesterday (3) said The Yal Devi service would run at full capacity today 04 December as over 2,000 people from the North are to be brought to Temple Trees to be given back their gold which was in LTTE banks. Military Spokesperson, Ruwan Wanigasooriya, addressing a media briefing yesterday (3) said the four trains would depart from the Kilinochchi and Vavuniya Stations in order to transport the people from Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya and Jaffna. The trains are expected to reach Fort at about 12.30 p.m.
Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake told media on 26 November, that a further stock of gold jewellery is to be handed over to 1960 identified owners. Security Forces through their Civil Coordinating Offices in the Wanni, Kilinochchi, Mullaittivu, Mannar and Jaffna informed the public who have still failed to claim their gold valuables which had been deposited with the LTTE, to reach those offices and process their ownership claims, proving their bona fides.
The Security Forces expect to hand over the remaining jewellery that the ownership cannot be traced to the Central Bank.