The government hopes to mete out justice to those held in prison under the Prevention of Terrorism ACT (PTA) before the end of the year, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe assured the prisoners who are currently on a hunger strike calling for their release.
The Minister who visited the prisoners who were on a hunger strike at the Magazine prison this morning also assured that the government had already begun a process to repeal the PTA and replace it with another legislation to prevent terrorism.
Responding to a question as to whether the prisoners accepted the assurance given by him, Mr. Rajapakshe said some had accepted while some were continuing with the hunger strike.
More than 150 prisoners are on a hunger strike in Anuradhapura, Bogambara, Jaffna, Colombo and Batticaloa while six prisoners in the Magazine prison had been admitted to prison hospital while the condition of one inmate in Anuradhapura is reported to be serious.
However , the Minister contradicted his cabinet colleague Mano Ganesan who said on Wednesday that the cabinet decided to set up a committee to look into the matter. “The cabinet discussed the issue but no decision was made to set up a committee,” he said. (Yohan Perera and Chaturanga Pradeep)
Cabinet Spokesman, Minister Rajitha Senaviratne today said the Cabinet approval has been granted to produce all the Tamil prisoners detained at two prisons including at the Magazine Prison, in court.
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Comments - 10
Liberal One Thursday, 15 October 2015 11:45 PM
innocent former LTTE members
Lalith Thursday, 15 October 2015 01:27 PM
Wasnt these people part of an organization that tried to break away from Sri Lanka? Will the minister take the responsibility if they re-engage in the same agenda?
Anna Muwa Thursday, 15 October 2015 01:29 PM
Isnt this the UNP-TNA pact that Tissa claimed and was vehemently opposed by UNP?
Buwa Thursday, 15 October 2015 01:30 PM
Wonder why we even fought the LTTE with massive human cost of Rural youth just to free them when UN instructs
Sandun Thursday, 15 October 2015 01:32 PM
We should just have a TNA government without this proxy government. All they demand is given but if we demand something we are labeled as racists
jehan Thursday, 15 October 2015 01:35 PM
lol LTTE members are political prisoners while security forces are war criminals. What is wrong with these ungrateful politicos?
BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 15 October 2015 01:58 PM
Does an innocent have to fast and take to extreme means to get a response for justice in this country? What a shame.
Legal Watch Thursday, 15 October 2015 03:48 PM
They should be released at least on bail. Keeping them inside for an indefinite period is an inhuman act.
Vignes Thursday, 15 October 2015 05:29 PM
Top army leader not the security forces
Sincere Thursday, 15 October 2015 08:50 PM
Justice delayed is justice denied, and it become in justice!
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