TNA demands release of Tamils arrested under Prevention of Terrorism Act

The Tamil Natioal Alliance (TNA) today reiterated a demand to release Tamils arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

Speaking in Parliament today, TNA leader R. Sampanthan said that the new Government had assured that all political prisoners will be set free.

However he said only a few were released while many others arrested under the draconian law continue to remain in custody.

Sampanthan also said that the Tamils in the North and East are yet to see real reconciliation, seven years after the war ended.

“Reconciliation in the proper sense is not yet visible,” he added.

Sampanthan also slammed the Government over its failure to release all the civilian owned land still occupied by the military in the North and East.

“One cannot understand why land cannot be released,” he said.

He said that while the new Government has done a lot and shows a different attitude towards the Tamils unlike the former Government, a lot more remains to be done. (Colombo Gazette)