Chief Minister Vigneswaran calls on President – presents issues of Tamil prisoners

Chief Minister Vigneswaran calls on President – presents issues of Tamil prisoners

Written by Staff Writer

12 Nov, 2015 | 9:14 pm

Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Vigneswaran and several provincial ministers from the North called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat on Thursday.

Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Vigneswaran, Provincial Ministers P. Aingaranesan and B. Danishwaran were present for the meeting.

C.V. Vigneswaran, speaking to media, said that first they presented the issue of the Tamil prisoners. He added that they requested the President to undertake a humane approach to look into the issues, and difficulties that these inmates had to face.

The Chief Minister said that the President had inquired about the hartal campaign that is scheduled to take place in the north and east on Friday.

Meanwhile, representatives from the Tamil National Alliance visited the Welikada Prison and met with these inmates on Thursday.

The fast that was launched by these inmates entered its fifth day today. Commissioner General of Prisons said that the condition of these inmates are not serious.

Thirty one persons inclusive of these inmates were produced in court on Wednesday.  The Magistrate ordered that the suspects be released on two surety bails of one million rupees each, and several other bail conditions, including  over seas travel ban and report to the Terrorist Investigation Department once in two weeks.

However, as these suspects failed to find guarantors, they were returned to remand custody.

The matter was also raised at the cabinet briefing.

Lee Rhiannon, an Australian Greens Senator, who has been vocal on the political prisoners in Sri Lanka, in an exclusive interview with News 1st, continued to call for the immediate release of all political prisoners.

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said that this as a very serious situation with regard to how the government is using the Prevention of Terrorism Act adding that the Greens will continue to advocate for these people to be released.

He further noted that the Prevention of Terrorism Act is an extreme violation of freedom, and freedom from arbitrary detention.


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