The first batch of Tamil detainees who were to be set free today were further remanded by Court as the Attorney General had no informed Court about the bail. The Court remanded 32 Tamil prisoners till November 24 when they were produced in Court today.
The Prisons Department said yesterday that the Attorney General had informed the Department that 31 Tamil detainees will be given bail and can be freed today.
The Prisons Department said that more Tamil detainees arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) are expected to be given bail over the next few days.
Tamil political prisoners resumed their fast on Monday in protest over the failure by the Government to keep its promise and release all of them. At least 29 Tamil detainees at the Anuradhapura prison were among those who resumed the fast on Monday.
Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe Says he will Neither Resign his Portfolio nor Let Ex – Def Secy Gotabhaya rajapaksa be Arrested
In the past they said that Gotabaya Rajapaksa was good. They said he saved the country. These same Ministers say he should be arrested today. They further add that he should be arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. We should accept that he helped to eradicate terrorism from the country. These Ministers, including Anura Kumara, are trying to say that he is a terrorist. I will not allow it,” he said.
One of President Sirisena’s strongest campaign slogans during his presidential bid was the Rajapaksa nepotism. He wowed that he would keep his family out of politics. Yet, today, we see his “Chattu” doing a Namal in Polannaruwa and Daham behaving like the crown prince at the United Nations. These excesses probably come when the fruits of power make leaders immune to social conscience. These are fundamentals that need to be checked under YAHAPALANAYA.