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Prez defers decision on LTTE suspects

4 December 2018 06:47 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Consequent to the Appeal Court restraining the Prime Minister and the Cabinet from functioning, President Maithripala Sirisena, who met the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday he would defer taking a decision on the LTTE suspects held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) until the current impasse was resolved.

According to informed sources, the President has said, "He was the only one remaining in the government now.”

The meeting between the President and the TNA was held after the Court of Appeal gave a restraining order. It was attended by representatives from the Attorney General’s Department, the Police Department and Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and TNA MPs R. Sampanthan, Selvam Adaikkalanathan, M.A. Sumanthiran and Dharmalingam Sirdaththan.

The AG Department’s representative said some of the cases were serious in nature, and therefore those detainees could not be considered for relief. He said some had been involved in mass killings and in the assassination attempt on former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

There were 57 cases taken up for consideration through the meeting did not last long. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 6

  • Dillan Tuesday, 04 December 2018 08:15 AM

    Can you put the pilot who put bombs and killed more than school children in the jail? This is also too serious

    mohan Tuesday, 04 December 2018 08:23 AM

    they have spend more than jail time for life sentence. but still no charges laid.

    Jude Tuesday, 04 December 2018 10:35 AM

    Hey Mohan, be patient, charges are forthcoming!!

    Amirtham Tuesday, 04 December 2018 08:30 AM

    Nine years languishing in jail without any charges. Charge them or release them. Have some back bone.

    cheers Tuesday, 04 December 2018 08:30 AM

    TNA and Sampanthan are terrorist and do not listen to them and give them power there wont be a sri lanka mark my word

    Keeraipidi Tuesday, 04 December 2018 10:18 AM

    Typical nonsense - indelible!


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