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The Tamil youth held under detention as political prisoners, could be given bail in the same way Opposition MP Wimal Weerawansa was granted bail, Minister of National Co-Existence Mano Ganesan had urged President Maithripala Sirisena in a letter.

According to the letter that had been sent to Tamil media by the Ministry, Minister Ganesan had requested the President to make arrangements to grant bail to Tamil political prisoners and to rehabilitate them and release them into society.

“The Attorney General did not object bailing out of MP Weerawansa. Therefore, I urge to consider about granting bail to Tamil political prisoners as well. There cannot be two separate laws in the country, one for Mr. Weerawansa and another for Tamil political prisoners,” he said in the letter.

“Everyone is equal before the law,” he said.

He also questioned as to how the Government could bring about reconciliation and ethnic harmony, if these prisoners were continually kept in prison.

“Approach the issue on humanitarian grounds,” the Minister said in the letter, while highlighting that he would take up the issue at the next Cabinet meeting. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Amir Monday, 10 April 2017 03:21 PM

    We all know there are two sets of law. One for the Sinhala people and one for the Tamil people. One thing I like is nobody cares about the country. They all live on Tamil issue.

    namal999 Monday, 10 April 2017 04:18 PM

    political prisoners?

    Ganesh Monday, 10 April 2017 05:02 PM

    Why can not the government take the suitable steps in this regard taking into their plight and their families though the prisoners have been time to time promised ?.Let us not forget most of them have not been charged as to what they had committed while some serious offenders are free outside

    mkn Sunday, 09 April 2017 09:22 PM

    Should have thought about it before standing on the same platform with a terrorist group. Shame on you to hold a ministerial post and still play on ethnicity. Stop dividing us and think of living together with us.

    ANTON Sunday, 09 April 2017 09:28 PM

    YES., RELEASE ALL THE PRISONERS AND CLOSE ALL THE JAIL HOUSES.

    Leta Sunday, 09 April 2017 09:48 PM

    he has raised a good argument better to release all political prisoners via DM Android App

    REALPATRIOT Sunday, 09 April 2017 10:14 PM

    WELL SAID SIR THE LAW IS EQUAL FOR ALL. THEREFORE NOEXCEPTION SHOULD BE SHOWN TO ANYONE. ALL THE PRISONERS SHOULD BE GIVEN BAIL. via DM Android App

    Bala Sunday, 09 April 2017 10:53 PM

    Nothng to do with anything except everyone is equal before the law. If WW can say his daughter is under stress see the mothers fathers brothers sisters daughters sons of tthe imprisoned tamils undergoing stress.Apply law equally.

    RK Tuesday, 11 April 2017 02:33 PM

    LTTE DOES NOT COME UNDER POLITICAL PRISSIONER via DM Android App

    ra Sunday, 09 April 2017 11:12 PM

    Mr.Sumanthiran and Mr.Sampanthan are enjoying their luxury life given by Tamil people by electing them. Both keep quiet about any issue that can upset the government because eventually it can lead to loose their benefits. Both has developed little belly.

    Tissa Monday, 10 April 2017 06:14 AM

    One was robber and cheater others are mudderes via DM Android App

    Ganesh Tuesday, 11 April 2017 04:32 PM

    Where on earth suspects are treated As terrorists with solemn possibility of obtaining statement by torturing the person to sign on an empty paper later to be filled with what the investigators wanted ,this was clearly revealed at courts previously

    Jaya Monday, 10 April 2017 07:20 AM

    You LTTE supporters have an insane hate for the educated and high caste Tamils.

    sursena Monday, 10 April 2017 07:22 AM

    Mano made a mistake branding "Tamils", there are many others in the remand prison and all should equally treated. Many of the weight of accusations that they have is quite less than what WW presumed to be engaged.

    sam Monday, 10 April 2017 07:27 AM

    THis man is sitting on his brain

    Booruwa Monday, 10 April 2017 08:55 PM

    Well spoken Mr Amir. I am a Sinhalese but only a few will accept the fact that a Tamil or any other minority citizen is second to a Sinhala Buddhist.

    Sheri Monday, 10 April 2017 07:33 AM

    Obvious who he supports!

    Sheri Monday, 10 April 2017 07:41 AM

    @mkn: Well said!

    Nilame Monday, 10 April 2017 08:11 AM

    Mr.mano has got it all wrong.Difference between WW and LTTE. Prisoners. WW is a political prisoner others are terrorists..

    Appu Monday, 10 April 2017 08:24 AM

    WW was a joker so impact on keepingrealeasing him. Members you are talikng suspected terrorists and how we compare these 2 category via DM Android App

    Jey Monday, 10 April 2017 08:34 AM

    This why the Judiciary is not capable of unbiased justice. The call by UNHCR for a Hybrid court is justified.

    kamal Gunasiri Monday, 10 April 2017 08:47 AM

    Everyone is equal before the law, but depends on what laws you are suspected of braking or in some of this cases, prosecuted for.... in you are prosecuted or arrested for terrorim thats a tad bit different than being arrested for say using a few government vehicles for personal work....

    Dan Monday, 10 April 2017 10:56 PM

    Stupid man. Wimal has not kill innocent people like those murderous terrorist. Where was your big mouth at that time?

    johan Monday, 10 April 2017 09:18 AM

    The President and the PM should get together and put things right.We know they will say that they are not interfering in judiciary.But when Politicians are put in jail for their wrong doing everyone knows some pressure is going to Judiciary to bail them out.This is not justice.

    Damitha Aus Monday, 10 April 2017 09:37 AM

    Tamil political prisoners are not sick like Wimal.

    dulan Monday, 10 April 2017 09:51 AM

    How can a citizen have faith in the legal system when Judges openly say such inane things

    erosion Monday, 10 April 2017 10:25 AM

    Sad to say ones confidence on our legal system is getting erroded day by day.

    sab Monday, 10 April 2017 11:13 AM

    Buddy, reasonable argument.

    bindu Monday, 10 April 2017 11:15 AM

    Remember, hereafter if somebody tells me 'everyone is equal before the law' in sri lanka I am going to smash his set of teeth.

    Asoka Tuesday, 11 April 2017 07:46 AM

    Hey Mano...not only Tamil terrorists but all other convicts who do time at prisons...

    Kadiya Monday, 10 April 2017 11:45 AM

    But first they and their daughters must go on a hunger strike!!!


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