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TNA Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran has requested Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem to transfer the Tamils in Sri Lankan prisons with British citizenship to British prisons.

He was referring to the Tamil prisoners who had been arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the emergency regulations sometimes ago. According to him, some of them have been convicted by various courts in Sri Lanka over their alleged connections with the LTTE.

Mr.Premachandran at a discussion with the Justice Minister held at the Justice Ministry on Wednesday had informed the Minister that the parents of these British citizens were willing to get their sons transferred to British jails under an agreement signed between Sri Lanka and Britain-in 1995.

In response to that Minister Hakeem had told TNA MP that Sri Lanka would consider it if the British Foreign Ministry approached the Sri Lankan government in this regard.

Parents of these prisoners said they wanted their sons to be transferred to British prisons as they were British citizens and also because of the fact that the condition of Sri Lankan prisons was not satisfactory.(N Parameswaran)

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  • Pragmatic Porak Friday, 28 December 2012 10:04 AM

    If the prisoners are dual nationals, then each country has identical rights to detain them. If the crime was committed in Sri Lanka breaking a local law, the UK has no jurisdiction to overrule Sri Lanka's judiciary. Similarly, if the crime was committed in the UK breaking a British law, Sri Lanka has no rights to request an extradition.

    So, MP Premachandran has no justification in requesting this. It's a waste of time and money even discussing it. He should concentrate on serving his constituency as the people who voted for him intended.

    citizen cane Saturday, 29 December 2012 09:04 PM

    each countries law is if you comitt a crime in that country you have to serve the term of incurseration in that country and then be deported to his country.

    Ranbanda Saturday, 29 December 2012 05:22 AM

    Terrorist is a terrorist, What this LTTE proxy talking about. Think what rational approach USA has taken with regard to terrorist. Sri lanka has all the rights to demand to transfer any British subject involved in carrying out terrorist activities in the Sri Lankan soil.

    nicky karunarathna Saturday, 29 December 2012 02:38 AM

    Why British prisons? Why not to Tamil Nadu, their homeland where they can speak Tamil( their unique tongue) and their traditions and also with thier own brothrens?

    sayed Saturday, 29 December 2012 02:11 AM

    Sri Lanka don't have jail only killing field .

    Eriyagama Ananda Saturday, 29 December 2012 12:05 AM

    British Tamils had committed crime against State of Sri lanka. How can he or she come under the Britised law?
    No any part in the world, who committed crime in other land been transfever country of his citizens.
    TNA MP is S.Premacahndara must respect LEGAL SOVERGENITY OF RULE OF LAW IN SRI LANKA.
    His request must be denied by as Ministry of Justice and committed crime must punished according to law of land.His request having no humantrain appeling but political
    motiavated act.

    Kira Friday, 28 December 2012 11:14 PM

    Judgement and the punishment will be served by the country or state where the crime comited.

    tee wee Friday, 28 December 2012 09:26 PM

    These prisoners have made criminal activities in Sri Lanka and they should serve their time in SL jails and when they return back to Britain , Brtish Govt. should brand them as Criminals to protect the public

    Kalu Sudda Friday, 28 December 2012 09:05 PM

    Why? Do you want them tortured in Britain or Cuba? Dont be in a hurry to dump these animals in to a jungle of white humans.

    Silva de Mervin Friday, 28 December 2012 08:33 PM

    Hey, The MP is talking about British Citizens and you are talking about your country and its jail.

    Get to the Point.

    Chuti Friday, 28 December 2012 02:42 PM

    Are they shamed to be in Sri Lankan Jail??
    Why TNA MP's living in Srilanka??

    Why don't you also go to UK & stay there??

    kumar Friday, 28 December 2012 12:39 PM

    fayad,seems to have good experience in both jails.as we know suddhas give hell to muslims in british jails.so if you are tamil or sinhaleese its OK to be in British jails

    Sunny Friday, 28 December 2012 11:46 AM

    They are having Dual Citizenship and should be obeyed by Local rules. Therefore, should remain in Sri Lanka.

    sajitha Friday, 28 December 2012 04:55 AM

    Dear Minister, what about the Sri Lanka serving in prison of UK? have you asked them to return them to Sri Lanka. Why only "Tamil" prisoners????

    What about all the sri lankans serving term in jails in middle east getting abused and raped?? Only Sterling pounds talk your language I guess!

    alisten Friday, 28 December 2012 09:47 AM

    you all are jealous guys,I am shocked to hear that British gOVERNMENT ALLOWED THIS KNOWINLG SRILNAKNA GOVERNMENT

    Bagalawathie Friday, 28 December 2012 08:40 AM

    No way. Do the crime in Sri Lanka, do the time in Sri Lanka too.

    Trehan Munasinghe Friday, 28 December 2012 08:23 AM

    So when they commit crimes they are Sri Lankan's .... but to get better prisons they are British Citizens.... Don't talk Bull Crap Mr Minister....

    Gayan Friday, 28 December 2012 06:59 AM

    I wish we can transfer this fellow himself to a British Jail. We will accept the costs.

    Saliya Wickremasuriy Friday, 28 December 2012 06:53 AM

    Good point.

    Rauf online Friday, 28 December 2012 05:53 AM

    The request should come from the British government.

    And also the airfare should come from the British government.

    Chinthaka de Hoot Friday, 28 December 2012 05:44 AM

    ...and then have them freed there by the moda suddas, so that they could engage in terrorism again ?

    Fayad Friday, 28 December 2012 05:30 AM

    middle east is understood. no one wants to come SL: to serve their jail term they are happy to be in UK Jails

    AP Friday, 28 December 2012 05:20 AM

    They prefer to stay there! conditions are better.

    weha Friday, 28 December 2012 05:01 AM

    mongal?

    Andrew Pitugala Friday, 28 December 2012 05:04 AM

    Very sensible. Why should we feed them at SL Govt expense ?

    Kondebendapucheena Friday, 28 December 2012 05:04 AM

    Why only British you must tell who supported you guys then it make sense


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