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Some prisoners held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) are likely to be released soon in the wake of President Maithripala Sirisena directing that this matter be expedited, Opposition Leader R. Sampathan said yesterday.

He said the President had directed Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe to release some of the prisoners when this matter was referred to him.

Mr. Sampathan told Daily Mirror the minister had referred this matter with the President after a discussing with a TNA delegation.

He said the mentioned prisoners would be released after the legal procedures were attended to.

"However, no relief will be given to those charged with serious offenses," Mr. Sampathan said.

Nearly 150 prisoners detained under the PTA staged a hunger strike from Monday but they are expected to give up the hunger strike today.(Yohan Perera)
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  • gayan Saturday, 17 October 2015 10:49 AM

    These are LTTE carders who has done serious crimes not political prisoners.

    local Saturday, 17 October 2015 12:00 PM

    Most of them were arrested for 2nd level charges like assisting LTTE or giving room for some one to stay.But case is dragging because AG department has not decided whether to proceed or not with the case.

    Prem Nath Saturday, 17 October 2015 03:08 PM

    Mr.Sampathan is really not a leader of the opposition for the whole of Sri Lanka,he seems to be looking after his crowd only.

    Rio Saturday, 17 October 2015 03:25 PM

    If you can get off the hook by assisting an armed separatist group why do you even need a system of justice. this is pathetic.

    Bilal Saturday, 17 October 2015 04:29 PM

    They are Tamils .......!

    LogicalCitizen Saturday, 17 October 2015 07:43 PM

    Oh my lord!


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