Written by Tharushan Fernando
15 Oct, 2015 | 10:15 pm
Six inmates with suspected links to the LTTE, who were among those engaged in a fast, have been admitted to the New Magazine Prison Hospital. The three inmates from the Anuradhapura Prison have also been hospitalised.
Commissioner General of Prisons, Rohana Pushpakumara went on to note that the other inmates continue to engage in the fast.
These inmates commenced a fast on Tuesday demanding their release. Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe visited the New Magazine Prison on Thursday.
Minister Rajapakshe said:
We have informed them that the Attorney General’s Department will look in to their documents and hold a disussion with the President and the Prime Minister in order to reach a solution before the end of the year. We believe that they would act based on their and the Ministry of Justice is vested with a greater responsibility in making decisions. However the Ministry of Prisons needs to look in to the welfare of the inmates.
TNA MP, M.A.Sumanthiran speaking on the issue said:
Tthey said that they need to make a decision after consulting the inmates in the other prisons and a pledge was not made over their release. Some did not let go of their fast and some say that they will not let go of the fast unless the President issues a mesege on their plight
State Minister of Child Affairs, Vijayakala Maheswaran noted:
The government requests that the inmates let go of the fast and they say that a decision will be made before the end of the year, but the inmates did not want to call off the fast. They allege that they have been languishing in prisons for 20 years and if the investigations were carried out they would have been independent. The Government has two and a half months to take action on this.
At an event held in Jaffna on Thursday Minister of Resettlement, D. M. Swaminathan also expressed views regarding the the issue. A Demonstration took place in Jaffna in support of the fast carried out by the inmates.
Views were also expressed on the matter at the Cabinet Media Briefing today.
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