Colombo Additional Magistrate Aruni Attygalle has discharged suspected leader of the LTTE Sea Wing Division Bagirathi Murugesu and seven other former TTE suspects.
They were discharged on Wednesday, following the instructions of the Attorney General.
The eight were arrested and detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Murugesu was arrested in early 2015, at the Bandaranaike International Airport, when she returned to the country from France.
In early May, United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez called on the Sri Lankan government to repeal the controversial PTA, which allows for prolonged arbitrary detention without trial, and allows police investigators to use torture as a routine method of work against suspects.
“If the government is to replace the PTA (if necessary) with any other legislation, then a robust and transparent national debate should take place that provides for full participation of civil society,” he said at the conclusion of his visit to Sri Lanka last month.