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The Sri Lankan government is considering a proposal to release the 217 Tamils currently in detention under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), after putting them through a program of rehabilitation, the Minister of National Dialogue, Mano Ganeshan, told The Sunday Standard

Ganeshan recalled that the Mahinda Rajapaksa government had released over 12,000 LTTE cadres, after subjecting them to a rehabilitation program. He said that the Lankan Security Forces have developed expertise in the rehabilitation of militants, and the facilities at the rehabilitation centers are now of international standard. “They don’t look like torture centers, as they did in early days,” Ganeshan said.

But for the time being, the policy is to release the detainees on bail on a case-by-case basis. On November 11, 31 detainees were to be released on bail but since no one came to stand surety for them, the prisoners were sent back to prison. Each released detainee had to have two LKR (Sri Lankan Rupee) one million bonds. They would also be required to report to the Terrorism Investigation Department every other Sunday. They would be barred from leaving the island.
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  • Harith Sunday, 15 November 2015 03:02 PM

    When he is the Minister rehabilitation centers are of international standards. When MR was ruling it was a torture center.

    bob Sunday, 15 November 2015 03:39 PM

    Hope all this wont add up to a situation like what happened in France via DM iOS App

    Real Peace Sunday, 15 November 2015 03:41 PM

    Those who have not been charged must be released. Some guys have been held for 10-15 yrs without charges - SL prison can go in the Guinness Book of Record for this!!

    Gayan Sunday, 15 November 2015 03:59 PM

    Yahapalana is only for the LTTE and Western world

    Ganesha Sunday, 15 November 2015 04:02 PM

    Mr Mano Ganeshan when is SL going to release them after some of whom have been dead because media reports declare nearly 35 persons are admitted to hospitals where the detainees are said to have refused any treatment adamantly due to frustration. A 68 years old man has been in Anurhadapura for 7 years.

    sene Sunday, 15 November 2015 04:28 PM

    Did you even read it right? They improved their conditions not MR

    paths Sunday, 15 November 2015 04:37 PM

    They r poor people; where can they go for sureties.They can go through a programe of rehabilitation for 3 months. They can then be asked to report say for 6 months every Saturday.

    Freebird Sunday, 15 November 2015 05:02 PM

    More than 15 years in remand after that a rehabilitation. What a joke minister via DM Android App

    onlooker Sunday, 15 November 2015 05:05 PM

    Hope this will not result in another Paris. Release all the terrorists and send all those who eradicated terrorism to jail. The yahapalana theory.

    jay Monday, 16 November 2015 12:08 PM

    very good release them so the country can prepare for another major problem like the 30 years.

    Suba Monday, 16 November 2015 12:25 PM

    Had Prabhakaran been captured alive, could have been released now!


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