Written by Tharushan Fernando
11 Nov, 2015 | 8:46 pm
Thirty one (31) suspects who were detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act were released on bail on Wednesday evening, after they were produced before Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya.
Twenty six (26) suspects who were detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act were produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya and were further remanded until November 24 as state counsels did not appear in court.
Officers from the Terrorist Investigation Division informed court that they have not received any advice from the Attorney General’s Department.
Thirty one (31) persons, including these suspects, were produced in court once again on Wednesday evening. The magistrate ordered that the suspects be released on two surety bails of one million rupees each, and several bail conditions and were ordered to report to the TID once in every two weeks as well as for their overseas travel to be suspended. However, as these suspects failed to find guarantors , they were returned to remand custody.
Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Vigneswaran in a statement noted that the failure to provide a permanent solution to the issue of these inmates even after it has been six years since the war ended, is a disappointing situation.
He hopes that the government, which came in to power with the assistance of the Tamil people would create reconciliation in the country and would provide a solution to the issues of these inmates.
Chief Minister Vignewaran, said that the new government had not fulfilled this task as expected.
The chief minister’s statement goes on to note that the Northern Provincial Council would support the protests that have been organised on the 13th in the North and East to support the inmates who are engaged in a fast, and seeking the immediate release of all Tamil prisoners.
General Secretary of the TULF V. Anandasangaree visited the Magazine Prison on Wednesday evening and met with the inmates.
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