The government hopes to mete out justice to those held in prison under the Prevention of Terrorism ACT (PTA) before the end of the year, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe assured the prisoners who are currently on a hunger strike calling for their release.
The Minister who visited the prisoners who were on a hunger strike at the Magazine prison this morning also assured that the government had already begun a process to repeal the PTA and replace it with another legislation to prevent terrorism.
Responding to a question as to whether the prisoners accepted the assurance given by him, Mr. Rajapakshe said some had accepted while some were continuing with the hunger strike.
More than 150 prisoners are on a hunger strike in Anuradhapura, Bogambara, Jaffna, Colombo and Batticaloa while six prisoners in the Magazine prison had been admitted to prison hospital while the condition of one inmate in Anuradhapura is reported to be serious.
However , the Minister contradicted his cabinet colleague Mano Ganesan who said on Wednesday that the cabinet decided to set up a committee to look into the matter. “The cabinet discussed the issue but no decision was made to set up a committee,” he said. (Yohan Perera and Chaturanga Pradeep)
Cabinet Spokesman, Minister Rajitha Senaviratne today said the Cabinet approval has been granted to produce all the Tamil prisoners detained at two prisons including at the Magazine Prison, in court.
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