TNA calls for release of Tamil political prisoners

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today called for the release of all Tamil political prisoners.

TNA leader R. Sampanthan raised the issue when Parliament discussed a proposed agreement with China on crime related matters.

Sampanthan urged the Government not to look at the issue on political prisoners as a legal issue.

He said that the issue had been raised with Justice Minister Wijeydasa Rajapaksha and he urged the Minister to look into it.

Sampanthan, the leader of the opposition in Parliament, also questioned the actions the new Government hopes to take to bring down Sri Lankans with a criminal record living overseas.

He said that the name of the suspect involved in the murder of late TNA MP Joseph Pararajasingham was living overseas and that he manged to flee Sri Lanka as the former Government failed to arrest him. (Colombo Gazette)