Justice Minister at Jaffna meeting; says detainees “with no credible evidence” will be released

Justice Minister at Jaffna meeting; says detainees “with no credible evidence” will be released

Justice Minister at Jaffna meeting; says detainees “with no credible evidence” will be released

Written by Staff Writer

03 Nov, 2015 | 9:32 pm

Minister of Justice Wijeydasa Rajapakshe attended a meeting held at the Jaffna District Court Complex in Jaffna where he met with judges and lawyers.

The meeting was also attended by State Minister of Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran.

Minister of Justice, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stated that the Attorney Generals Department’s special team is considering the release of some of the Tamil detainees, where there are no serious charges, no credible evidence. And others, in whatever possible case, will be given bail, both in High Court and the Magistrate Court.

He went on to note that those who have already been indicted will   have an accelerated trial proceeding and thereafter “they will also have a new courthouse also, just to finish all those cases as soon as possible.”

Speaking further, Minister Rajapakshe commented on the death penalty.

He stated that the there is a resolution adopted by the UN since 2008 in countries where the capital punishment is in operation – but in law they they will not execute those punishments

He added that Sri Lanka is a country where the death penalty is in operation in law but practically it is not executed, which is the current  position.

 

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