LTTE detainees likely to be released before Deepavali: Marapana

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Law and Order and Prison Reforms Minister Tilak Marapana said he hoped that the LTTE detainees could be released before the Deepavali festival on November 10, 2015.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the modernized prison near the Pannai lagoon in Jaffna on Saturday, he said the country’s prisons had about 18,000 detainees, but most of them were not those who should have been detained.

The minister said several of them had been put in the jail for minor offences or for want of legal aid. He stressed the need to focus special attention on them.

“The LTTE suspects on remand without charges being filed against them should be released. If they are considered a threat to law and order, they should be ordered to report to the police in the respective areas at regular intervals.

The suspects in cases that have been pending for years could be released on bail. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have instructed the Attorney General’s Department to take a decision in this regard soon.

Police take a long time to complete investigations and to file action against suspects and that cases drag on for more than ten years. This has created hardship to the suspects, their relatives, and even the judges and the lawyers.

This situation demands immediate replacement of the prevailing legal system. I am planning to reduce the number of detainees by at least 25 per cent," the minister said. (Romesh Madusanka)
 
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  • Lal Suranjith Monday, 02 November 2015 08:21 AM

    please resign and go home Mr Minister. you have no knowledge of the history and your action in the past have lost the credibility

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Monday, 02 November 2015 08:54 AM

    It is accept able reason, LTTE suspects must go to rehabilitation (respect the law of this nation, counseling and vocational training) before release.

    lokka Sunday, 01 November 2015 07:54 PM

    good move must appreciate the decesion

    PM Sunday, 01 November 2015 08:28 PM

    Good luck Sri Lanka!!! Scholars are coming out!

    Sri Lankan Monday, 02 November 2015 12:02 PM

    One small step for good governance, One Giant Leap for terrorists!

    gayan Sunday, 01 November 2015 10:19 PM

    Dont forget a papare band for the occation.

    moiez Monday, 02 November 2015 12:13 AM

    If they are not involved in any terrorism activities let them go and be with their families, good decision by the government.

    simon Monday, 02 November 2015 04:29 AM

    MS will be getting his scholars and intellectuals as he wished for advise to run the country !


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