Police take a long time to complete investigations and to file action against suspects and that cases drag on for more than TEN years.
- President Maithiri Srisena said that all the Tamil Political Prisoners will be released by the 7th of November.
- Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said that NONE of the Tamil Political Prisoners will be released for now.
- Law and Order and Prison Reforms Minister Tilak Marapana said he hoped that the Tamil Political Prisoners detainees could be released before the Deepavali festival on November 10, 2015.
Addressing the opening ceremony of the modernized prison near the Pannai lagoon in Jaffna on Saturday, Minister Tilak Marapana said the country’s prisons had about 18,000 detainees, but most of them were not those who should have been detained.
The minister said several of the Tamil detainees had been put in the jail for minor offences or for want of legal aid. He stressed the need to focus special attention on them.
The Tamil political prisoners suspects on remand without charges being filed against them should be released. If they are considered a threat to law and order, they should be ordered to report to the police in the respective areas at regular intervals. The suspects in cases that have been pending for years could be released on bail.
President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have instructed the Attorney General’s Department to take a decision in this regard soon.
Police take a long time to complete investigations and to file action against suspects and that cases drag on for more than ten years. This has created hardship to the suspects, their relatives, and even the judges and the lawyers. This situation demands immediate replacement of the prevailing legal system. I am planning to reduce the number of detainees by at least 25 per cent,” the minister said