LTTE suspects held without evidence will be released – Rajitha

  • 1,800 persons including wives, relations issued DPL passports
  • Bribery and Corruption cases to be referred to Courts
  • Northern lands on which some military officers had built mansions and hotels would be returned to their rightful owners, Senaratne added.

The government says that Tamil prisoners against whom there is no concrete evidence will be released.

Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that many Tamils had been detained on suspicion and on the premise that investigations were continuing.

imagesSuch a situation should not exist nearly six years after the war had ended, the Minister observed.

The authorities would be told to either file indictment or release the detainees, he said, adding that it was not fair by the inmates if the inquiries conducted had failed to unearth proper evidence after so many years.

Senaratne charged that the Rajapaksa regime had applied the law whimsically. “Around 1,800 diplomatic passports had been issued to various persons including their wives, relations and even house maids who were not entitled to that facility.”

The Minister revealed that the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had not granted approval for the Bribery or Corruption Commission to refer cases where there was sufficient evidence to Courts. He said that President Maithripala Sirisena would shortly grant the required approval.

Northern lands on which some military officers had built mansions and hotels would be returned to their rightful owners, Senaratne added.