while his petition was under consideration by the Committee. The State
party acceded to this request.
Facts as submitted by the petitioner
2.1 The petitioner is a Tamil from the area of Jaffna in the North of Sri
Lanka. For two months in 1994, he claims to have worked for the Tamil
Tigers ("LTTE") in an auto-repair shop in Killinochi. During this time he
also took care of the wounded and distributed food supplies.
2.2 In 1996, he moved to Vavuniya. In April 2000, there was an attack by
the LTTE on a PLOTE (an organisation that works closely with the Sri
Lankan army) camp. The petitioner, along with many others in the area, was
detained by PLOTE forces after this incident. He was allegedly tortured
using hot instruments which caused scars on his body. He did not bring this
event nor the fact that he had scars as a result of this alleged ill-treatment to
the attention of the Dutch authorities until his appeal.
2.3 On 10 October 2000, the petitioner was detained for one day by PLOTE,
interrogated regarding his involvement with the LTTE and assaulted.
2.4 On 15 October 2000, he was arrested and detained by the Sri Lankan
army for one day. During the day he was allegedly kicked, hung upside
down and beaten. He allegedly still has pain in his stomach from this
incident particularly when he bends over. He bears no scars from this
incident. A member of his family intervened and - after payment - he was
freed. Upon release he went to stay with his aunt.
2.5 On 17 October 2000, a PLOTE soldier called at the petitioner's home
inquiring about his whereabouts. On 24 October 2000, the petitioner
travelled to Colombo.
2.6 On 25 October 2000, and because of the incidents of 10 and 15 of
October, the petitioner left Sri Lanka and on 26 October 2000, arrived in the
Netherlands, having passed through another country. The petitioner does not
know which country he passed through. When he arrived in the Netherlands
he called his sister, who told him that the Sri Lankan army and PLOTE were
again making inquiries about his whereabouts.
2.7 On arrival in the Netherlands, the petitioner applied for asylum,
whereupon he had his first interview with the Immigration and
Naturalisation Service ("IND"), which is under the responsibility of the
State Secretary for Justice. On the basis of this interview and with reason to
believe that the application was unfounded, the IND decided to deal with the
asylum request in an accelerated procedure. The petitioner was, however,