(Text of a press release issued by the Tamil National Alliance media office)
TNA MP and Spokesperson M.A Sumanthiran visited the Anuradhapura Prison along with Northern Provicial Council members Asmin Yakoob and Sanankiyan Sayandan today and spoke to the Political Prisoners who were observing a token fast demanding their release by the government today .
At the Anuradhapura Prison there were 36 prisoners observing the fast of whom two had already been hospitalized. They vowed to continue the fast until the goverment released all Political Prisoners and requested that the public too join their cause.
The prisoners in relating their individual stories said that they had already served a much longer term which than their crimes warranted in the event they had been convicted.
They requested of TNA MP and Spokesperson M.A Sumanthiran to take up their cause with the Prime Minister
The Prime Minister on hearing the same said that he was awaiting a report from the AG’s department on their stance on the Prisoners.
TNA MP and Spokesperson M.A Sumanthiran reiterated the point he made last week in Parliament on the parties stand on the matter which is that All Political Prisoners be released as agreed by the government.
In the event the government does not respond in the next few days they too would be forced to join the prisoners in their fasting.
Tamil National Alliance