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Eight ex-LTTE cadres who were convicted by courts over LTTE activities were granted Presidential pardon, the Prisons Department said.

Prisons Spokesman Chandana Ekanayake said this special amnesty had been granted in accordance with powers vested in the President by Article 34 of the Constitution.

Accordingly, four LTTE cadres detained in Magazine Prison were released on Friday (21).

The spokesman said two LTTE cadres are to be released after withdrawing pending cases in the Court of Appeal.

Also, the other two cadres are to be released after completion of the rehabilitation process. He said it was referred to the Attorney General and will act on the AG's instructions.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

  Comments - 23

  • Sokrates Sunday, 23 October 2022 02:46 PM

    Ranil forgive them, for they knew not what they were doing. What a generous and merciful act by such a humanistic and philanthropic President. He should be made Saint Ranil.

    Lank Sunday, 23 October 2022 02:51 PM

    Not only 8 but release all of them for good . This country has suffered a lot by the political terrorism of these rulers as it did at the hand of LTTE...there is a little different between these two terrorism...LTTE was an open terrorism but these political leaders are official approved political terrorists with false promises and publics are fooled by them. The country needs to reform the prison system in Sri Lanka..The government is wasting the public money on this ..Minor offenders are put behind bar for small mistake Create open jail System. Put behind bars only serious criminals

    Dilshan Perera Sunday, 23 October 2022 03:04 PM

    Looks like the Easter Bombing terrorists are already released..

    Sri Lankan Tamil Sunday, 23 October 2022 03:28 PM

    I believe to get Tamil votes from north and east.

    Cugan Sunday, 23 October 2022 04:09 PM

    Funny system Karuna Pillyan KP...... to roam around freely, Douglas also had out fit

    Punchi Sunday, 23 October 2022 04:29 PM

    Are we playing to the UNHRC gallery ?

    Spartacus Sunday, 23 October 2022 05:22 PM

    Thank you IMF. Local monkeys would never have understood this act if not for your pressure.

    Relative of LTTE Sunday, 23 October 2022 05:57 PM

    TheLTTE was created by SWRD - Senanayake- Sirimavo-JR - Premadasa- Pakshes. After creation call them terrorist , kill the innocent with them saying cross fire, send white vans, kill them and dispose their bodies in the deep sea. More and more atrocities. What type of humans are these people? They will rot in hell.

    Eri Claud Sunday, 23 October 2022 06:19 PM

    At least 8 given pardon. Ranil is trying to get Tamil votes. He must not dream about the votes. He won't get any votes from Tamil people.

    DOT Sunday, 23 October 2022 06:30 PM

    Good move! There is a time for everything !

    Observer Sunday, 23 October 2022 06:36 PM

    If Karuna can be holding such a high ranking position, all the LTTE cadres deserve pardon and release. It's about time too.

    Terrence Sunday, 23 October 2022 06:52 PM

    Winning hearts and minds is not possible if one does not have a gracious attitude there is a time to be tough and there is a time to forgive this is a good move but adverse comments will be galore which should be taken with a pinch of salt

    GHT Sunday, 23 October 2022 09:33 PM

    The move once again will lead Rajapaksas to WIN landslide in the next elections. It is proved that Ranil is a sympathizer of the LTTE TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.

    Scarborough Sunday, 23 October 2022 10:24 PM

    @relative of ltte: Don't forget your brutal ltte terrorists recruiting child soldiers, with hand grenades round their neck; bombing hospitals, transport etc, and killing women and children!

    True Srilankan Monday, 24 October 2022 01:04 AM

    Do we know if those released are actual LTTE carders or if those young Tamils have been detinned over the doubts which happen lots? if the JVP can become good guys why can't rehabilitation LTTE can't be good guys ..? Some of the comments indicate they are not against the terrorism just against the minority .. Come on war ended a decade ago and why cant you forget and forgive and include all of them to develop the country

    Ranjan Monday, 24 October 2022 05:00 AM

    What were there crimes??? Another officer was released by presidential pardon who was sentenced for killing civilians. It was certainly disgraceful where discipline is concerned. A crook can be disciplined and pardon but an appointed paid officer should be severely punished to maintain an organization status.

    ram Monday, 24 October 2022 08:17 AM

    scarborough, We the didnt forget the hidden massacre of tamils in all over the country from 1948 by the govt. forces and thugs .

    TR Monday, 24 October 2022 09:44 AM


    Sam Sen Monday, 24 October 2022 09:55 AM

    @scarborough: LTTE is the by product of Sinhala racism and injustice in SL. Unlike SL govt forces, LTTE was a highly disciplined organization that sacrificed their lives for the cause. No one can blame LTTE for raping a single woman during the 30 years. Whereas SL army went on rampage of raping Tamil women.

    sundar Monday, 24 October 2022 10:18 AM

    GHT you have a right to dream. Keep dreaming, keeping these people inside prisons is not going to fill the stomach of the people in the South, and that will decide the election outcome

    Gayan Monday, 24 October 2022 11:00 AM

    Has a proper assessment made about these terrorists threats to the public?

    Pantha Kumaran Monday, 24 October 2022 11:38 PM

    There is one law for Pillaiyan , KP and Karuna. What a country we are living in. Like wise there is one law for Namal and Mahinda.

    VJ Tuesday, 25 October 2022 07:02 AM

    Must agree with the comment made by relative of the LTTE. Racist leaders in power created LTTE, it was done to win votes of the majority community. It is being done even today. Not many would like to find reasons for the creation of the LTTE. The war was one of the reasons we are poor today. Releasing all political prisoners would be a good start for future reconciliation, it must be done genuinely and honestly not just to win votes. Rajapakshes will use this to win votes for their racist party for sure.

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