Sri Lanka Supreme Court stops forced Tamil evictions as president promises probe Gabriel Haboubi at 4:35 PM ET
[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka [official website] stopped the forced eviction of ethnic Tamils from the capital city of Colombo Friday, calling the government "misguided" in its latest attempt to reduce attacks by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [CFR backgrounder; LTTE website], or "Tamil Tigers." Later in the day, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse [official website] invited the evicted Tamils back to Colombo, promising a disciplinary probe against the police chief responsible. Early Thursday morning, police began systematically removing Tamils from their homes and hostels and bussing them to a detention center 160 miles away. A court official told AFP that the Supreme Court will hear an official complaint that this practice violates constitutional rights on June 22, but until then the practice was ordered to be stopped.
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