Political prisoners now willing to accept rehabilitation

SumanthiranThe Tamil political prisoners who had refused to accept rehabilitation and demanded unconditional release are now willing to accept rehabilitation, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran said.

Sumanthiran told Parliament that while the lawyers of the prisoners had said earlier that the inmates will not accept rehabilitation, those same inmates have now changed their minds.

Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms D.M. Swaminathan said that the Government is ready to offer the option of rehabilitation once again to the prisoners who had refused to accept it earlier.

While some Tamil political prisoners had accepted rehabilitation and were eventually freed, a few others refused to accept it and some of them are now on a hunger strike.

Opposition leader R. Sampanthan however asked the Government how the Tamil political prisoners can continue to be kept in detention after being arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) especially if the current Government has taken a policy against the PTA.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera responded by saying that the Government is still opposed to the PTA and the process to repeal the PTA is now underway. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. Not only those political prisoners, most of Jaffna Tamils must go through some sort of rehabilitation, especially the TNA members, newspaper editors and Jaffna University lecturers. The TNA office, Uthayan newspaper office and Jaffna University are the most darkest places in Sri Lanka. Until we enlighten the people from those three places Tamils and Sinhalese have no hope.

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