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Govt. To Release 61 Tamil Political Prisoners

Opposition leader R. Sampantha says that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had agreed to release 61 Tamil political prisoners by 20th of this month.

The prisoners according to TNA leader Sampanthan will be released in two batches 31 prisoners next Monday and another 30 on the 20th of this month.

Sampanthan - The TNA Leader

Sampanthan – The TNA Leader

Sampanthan said he had met Sirisena and Wickremasinghe yesterday and both leaders had given the above assurance.

The TNA leader went on to say that both Sirisena and Wickremesinghe had agreed to fast track investigations on the rest of the prisoners which could result in either prosecutions or release under bail conditions.

Sampanthan told the media today that the matter of political prisoners will come to an end before the end of the year.

The prisoners, numbering 217, have been accused of engaging in terrorist activities and held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. They have been in jails for varying periods ranging from five years to 15 years.

The Tamil prisoners recently launched a hunger strike in jails across Sri Lanka demanding their immediate release.

However after five days they suspended their fast following an assurance by Sirisena that the prisoner’s grievances will be looked into.

The President promised to release the former LTTE cadres imprisoned for minor offenses Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan said earlier.

The prisoners called off the hunger strike after Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe read a communication, sent by President Sirisena advising him to process their cases expeditiously.

However, Minister Rajapakhse had earlier said there were no political prisoners held in any of Sri Lanka’s prisons and some of the 217 LTTE suspects held in the prisons currently are already serving sentences and others are awaiting court action. He said that all these suspects have charges against them relating to bombings and killings.

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  • 9
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    Terrorists are coming out…Soldiers will be going in.

    Nice Yahapalanaya of the 21 century, lead by latter day Parakumba and his ally Bodhi Sira…..

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      Real Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalist Terrorists like you are still out. Poor Sinhala Soldiers and Poor Tamil Freedom fighters are unlawfully kept inside.

      • 6
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        ajith, you stupid fool, shut your mouth and go back to your peealaam

        • 9
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          Baludeen,

          Maybe you should consider not peeing
          on your intelligence, if you have got any?

        • 9
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          Baludeen,
          Why don’t you open your mouth? Where are you afraid of truth?

        • 0
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          Why don’t you go back to Tamil Nadu or Kerala from where your converted low caste Hindu Tamil Dravidian ancestors came from, instead of trying to steal our lands. As we all know that you backstabbers are trying to steal Eelam and make is Wahhabi Islam Keelam.

          • 5
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            Paul,

            My Birth Certificate clearly illustrates I am a Srilankan who speaks Tamil and born to Parents of Srilankan. You may have a doubt about your birth or your origin of your parents. I am sure your parents will help to clear your doubts. It is a well known fact that Buddhist Sinhala are not the origins of this land and it cannot be a buddhist land because Buddha is not belong to this land and his preachings are not followed by the so called brutal fundamentalists who love blood and violence instead of peace and love.

    • 7
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      A better record than Guantanamo. SL leads but will US follow? No, its different rules for them.

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        taraki

        “A better record than Guantanamo.”

        Some of the victims have been kept in prison for about 15 years without being charged. What were you doing in the last 15 years during which they have lost best part of their life?

        Are you aware of the fact that day by day you are growing into a fully fledged card carrying racist grumpy old woman.

        You seem very unhappy about the proposed release. They are victims of miscarriage of justice, and innocent until proven guilty.

        I have not seen you campaigning for and on behalf these victims when they are kept indefinitely in rotten prisons.

        Please stop worrying about USA and start caring about the people of this island. I know its would be an impossible task for you.

      • 2
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        This is excellent news. Great to hear that LTTE culprits are going to be released by Sorisena and Ponilan’s toyypalana gvt. All that is left now is to punish the SL Army for defeating the LTTE, which will soon be done by the hybrid court preceded by foreign judges and prosecutors.

    • 8
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      Dear Sumane,

      KP, Karuna & Pilleyan etc were virtually given living quarters inside Temple Trees.

      By none other than your God, defeated King and his notorious brothers.

      Show some mercy for misguided foot soldiers who are languishing in horrible Sri Lankan prisons for nearly 15 years.

      Cheers!

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        Mr Ben,
        Isn’t KP, Karuna etc. are heroes of Sri Lanka? They gave up terrorism crossed sides and aided the GOSL to defeat over 30 years of terrorism. Imagine the war was not ended. How many more would have been blasted by suicide bombings? How much financial damage could have inflicted on SL?
        By the way, where were the cyanide capsules of those foot soldiers?

        • 3
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          Without there traitors your Army wouldn’t have touch the hair of LTTE……he he he and you called this si victory what a joke

          A borrowed ..Victory

          We can dance for free liquor Jayawewa

          Cheers

        • 1
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          Hey Nuisance, you global pariah once asked me why I called you a racist low life mongrel. This is why. Anything to do with the Tamils, you will pop your ugly arse and squeal your living life out your stinky butt hole. You are one low life sakiliya. What else can I call you? Karuna and Pillayan gave up terrorism to save SL from anarchy? When they crossed over they learnt a different kind of terrorism, state terrorism that is. Go and fu&* yourself.

    • 2
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      Sumanasekara,

      What’s your logic? Either they should be charged and tried,
      or released, isn’t it?

    • 3
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      KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera

      “Terrorists are coming out…Soldiers will be going in.”

      Only those who committed war crimes and crime against humanity need to worry, and possibly their b***s carriers.

    • 1
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      No one is guilty until proven.

      Those who are in detention have been in prison for 5 to 15 years because they are from minority Tamil community.

      How can any sane person compare those arrested on suspicion and those are waiting to be investigated for their alleged crimes of rape, murder and kidnapping. Many MPs, aid workers, innocent students and journalists were murdered but the culprits are still free with impunity guaranteed by the previous regime while suspects of alleged terrorism are in prison. If these suspects are accused of terrorism why haven’t the police and AG office produce them in courts?

      JVP activists were accused of terrorism but all of them were pardoned under general amnesty. Again their ethnicity was the only reason for their release.

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        In normal justice system, one is innocent unless you are proven guilty and the onus of proving guilt lies on the government. As far as Tamil suspects are concerned, they are guilty unless they themselves prove that they are innocent.

    • 2
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      Opposition leader R. Sampanthan,

      If the Political Prisoners to be released are Truly Political prisoners,that should be welcomed.

      How are they screened?

      Did they participate in Terrorist and War criminal activities such as killing of innocents, rape, murder, ethnic cleansing of Northern Tamil Speaking Muslims etc? After all, they released Karuna Amman, and redefined him and reclassified him as a Saint, who was responsible for the killing of hundreds.

      So were beginning to reclassify. The true political prisoners should be released. The others, if found gully, and have already served their terms, should be released, to start a new life.

      • 0
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        Amarasiri,

        Thank you for your comment.

        Were any of the so called “political prisoners” released yesterday as promised or will they be released today? I haven’t found anything in the news.

        Are Sumanthiran, other Tamil politicians and the “political prisoners” now fasting as promised?

        How many of the “political prisoners” have been adopted by Amnesty International?

        “The true political prisoners should be released. The others, if found gully, and have already served their terms, should be released, to start a new life.”

        I agree. It would be interesting to know who are the about 30 persons (28 of them?) who were going to be released but refused to be rehabilitated demanding an amnesty instead.

        If they have not done anything wrong and are not hard core LTTE cadres why the need to refuse rehabilitation and amnesty demand?

    • 2
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      Innocent Tamil youths been arrested and detained for 10-15 years without any charges. The only charge is that they are Young Tamils.

      • 1
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        Joseph De Vazz

        “The only charge is that they are Young Tamils. ” who committed crimes or conspired to commit crimes on behalf of LTTE, Maha Mootal Velu Praba.

        Need to separate the innocent from the guilty.

  • 19
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    What a travesty of justice. No court action for 5 – 20 years and yet more time is asked for.

    Haven’t they suffered imprisonment for such a long period already? Leave aside release,they should be compensated.

    • 4
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      Dear Barathan,

      I agree with you that there must be very early release, but it can hardly be “immediate”.

      Please try to be reasonable. If ALL re released just like that, there will be the more than predictable responses from the Rajapaksas; just see what their spokesman, “K.A Sumanasekera” has said above.

      And the fact is that there were LTTE insurgents who have to be labelled “terrorists”. Many could have been immature and ought to be pardoned for their crimes. Yet just as you “demand” that soldiers (if any) guilty of heinous crimes ought to be put on trial, SOME of these detainees may have committed equally serious outrages.

      We certainly need forgiveness and reconcilliation.

      • 4
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        They don’t want forgiveness and reconciliation, they want Eelam.

        • 5
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          taraki

          “They don’t want forgiveness and reconciliation, they want Eelam “

          If you insist why don’t you give them what they want? It will make our life easier. We can stop providing counselling to those who suffer from paranoia, I mean people like you.

          Seriously have you been working for LTTE in the past? Were you or have you been a secret admirer of VP the psychopath.

        • 2
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          Google and see the name Ceylon is derived from Eelam. For your information Eelam did exist. If you only want Chingkalam and not a multi racial linguistic religious land, where all people live with just and equal rights, we have every right to demand Eelam back. That is our birth right. Sinhalese racism and Fake Arab Tamil Muslim backstabbing will give birth to an Eelam. May be not in our life time

      • 11
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        SM

        M.R. government dared to do the wrong. The present government fears to do the right.

        • 4
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          Barathan — very well said. Most appropriate!

          It is almost diffiult to say which is the worse of the two evils!

      • 4
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        Dear Sinhala man,
        You have hit the nail on the head. Tamils will never get justice because of Sinhala racists. Both Banda and Dudley tore the pacts because of Sinhala opposition and due to nothing else. This was not the case with Indo-Lanka accord as it was an international agreement, where successive governments could not abrogate it, and therefore have been sabotaging the implementation. Whatever government that comes to power will give the same lame excuse of Sinhala opposition to granting of legitimate rights to Tamils.

        In the case of these prisoners, most have either committed minor crime like putting up posters for LTTE, giving food to LTTE and witholding information, or no crimes at all. Security forces used to mass arrest Tamils and take them to the south. Those who had money had bought their freedom by bribing the authorities. In some cases where serious offenders were allowed to get out, the bribe takers saw to that they leave the country safely. This is the truth of what was happeneing to the Tamil people in the past.

        These people still in jail were unlucky. Government has committed a grave injustice to them by not initiating a trial against them for a long time, some for over 15 years. To say that now they have found evidence to indict them, is a laughing matter. Only a person who had been in jail for false charges know the agony, and that is why Sarath Fonseka wants them freed. Do not mix them with Sinhala and Muslim persons who have committed more graver crimes, against whom there is ample intractable eveidence to file action.

        All the Tamils who had committed grave crimes have either been killed in battle or after surredering. Tamils are prepared to forgive those who had committed minor crimes but not any of those implictaed in crimes like murder, ethnic cleansing and rape. The delay in releasing these Tamil prisoners is because to hold them as hostages in order to barter against Sinhala offenders from being prosecuted, to satisfy the majority of Sinhalese. Only a few scape goats may be found guilty for international consumption.

        • 1
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          Thanks, Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,

          I think that everything that you have said above is sensible. I certainly hope that there isn’t going to be any bartering of human beings, but we ought not to discount the possibility of some racists trying to indulge in such cynical exercises.

          We must keep people’s attention focussed on these goings on.

  • 7
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    terrorists are released and war heros will be sent to prison…yamapalanaya is targeting sinhalese buddhists

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      ela kolla

      I am very happy for you.

      You have managed to type something after a long and hard slog for months and years.

      “terrorists are released and war heros will be sent to prison…”

      What do you do with war criminals in uniform?

    • 2
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      Did they release you recently from rehabilitation camp?.
      are you going to cook milk rice when your War zero Hothambaya and ganKabaraya goes to gallows???.

      Still yahapaalanaya fools safeguarding the Malaccan kabaraya clan .

      • 0
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        He he he poverty India who has supplied banned chemical weapons and 34 foreign countries who have provided military help are real heroes…….

        Sinhala Army alone couldn’t silenced LTTE ..because Sinhala Army has no brain..muscle ..or guts to challenge LTTE teenage boys ..this is a history

        A borrowed..Artificial ..Fake Victory …

        Cheers

    • 0
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      ela kola, there you are. I have always wondered where you got your face stuck all these days. You poor soul, are you still living in this LTTE paranoia? pst……., please hear this secret, the LTTE was decimated back in 2009. You can come out of your cave now.

  • 6
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    There should be instructions issued to the police and army not to harass these 61 citizens after their release.
    They should be allowed to take their place in civil society to live peacefully, obtain employment, and even go abroad – they should be issued passports on request.
    Cases against the rest in prison should be expedited.

    • 4
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      Yes, they should be given a red carpet welcome back into society and oh. . Why not give them a gun and cyanide capsule too!! Just saying..

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        words

        “Yes, they should be given a red carpet welcome back into society and oh. “

        No need for a red carpet welcome rather they should be given adequate compensation.

        If the state cannot afford it, then the government should send your daughters, wife, mother, grandmas, sisters, aunts, mother in law, …. and other women folks (Wimal’s wife, Namal’s mother, ..) to medieval middle east kingdoms and force them to stay there as long as it takes them to earn enough to pay these innocent victims as compensation.

        In the mean time you can take up pimping as a full time job.

        The victims will remember you as their last hero.

    • 3
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      Remember what happened to Jayakumari Balendran. Due to international pressure, she was released on bail where in fact if the government was fair, she should have been completely exhonerated, her crime being to bring to the notice of British PM, the plight of the relatives who had lost their dear ones unlawfully. Leave that aside, subsequent to her release, she was implicated in a robbery of a house in Kebbetigollawa far away from her residence. No one with a sane mind will ever believe this story by the police. When she appeaed in courts, police wanted her remanded, but fortunately the judge refused to accede and she was sent home on bail. For her luck the Sinhala judge to stood against the police injustice to this innocent woman. let us wait for the outcome of that case to find out her fate.

      • 0
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        There are many right thinking Sinhalese like the judge whom you refer to. Of course we, who lived so far away from the conflict are unaware of many things that happened, and we are unlikely to ever get to know.

        Thanks for bringing such occurrences to our notice.

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          Thanks Sinhala Man.
          If all the Sinhala judges did the same to hold up justice, there would not have been any problem, but unfortunately majority of them are not, either due to fear or due to bias. As I had done medico-judicial work in war zone, I had bad experiences. I also want to bring to your notice, the salutory meritorious deed done by a Sinhala DMO of Trincomalee, in the case of the killing of five students. He refused to accede to the police demand to give the verdict of death as due to granade explosion, and had rightly reported it to be due to killing by gun shot. If not for him, the entire case would have gone under as accidental death.

  • 5
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    In this country racism prevails at the highest level and it seems that people consider that as of right they can make racist remarks with no fear and this is what MR bequeath to the people.

    In my view whatever community one may belongs every citizen is under duty to protect the rights of all other citizens from oppressive regimes with no concerns of their ethnicity.

    That why I took part at the nonviolent satyagraha campaign before the Colombo Remand Prison, demanding the release of all Tamil speaking prisoners held in custody with no charges leveled against them, some over a decade. This is by any means absolutely unacceptable.

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      Nagananda, good friend, I salute you. It is the spirit and the educated outlook you and many of our non-racialist Sinhala brothers and sisters demonstrate presently that may, hopefully, take this country out of the quagmire of extreme racial prejudice that has poisoned and imprisoned our minds since the early 1960s. If the Buddhist hierarchy in their several manifestations of the Mahanayakas also come out publicly to express similar expressions of solidarity and Buddhistic learning, we may be well on our way to unity and reconciliation soon.

      There is still much between the Sinhala and Tamil nations in this island that unite us rather than divide – historically, culturally and otherwise. Such a foundation will help other minorities in the country too – needless to say.

      Kettikaran

  • 4
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    The LTTE ex-cadres are not liberation fighters said by TNA is that anti-establishment political movement?

    There (LTTE) are outright terrorist who had been involved of killed many civilians which that including Tamil, Sinhalese and Muslims.
    How can such Tamil Terrorist released by Govt.

    Tamil criminals vital interest that has been request of by TNA from the President and Prime-minister?
    Who is responsibility and accountability for that mandate of democracy given to President and Prime-Minister of by people of
    Sri Lankan ?

    What type of democracy preached by UNP -Ranil and SLFP Sirisena M…?
    Therefor CBK is main culprit behind the release Tamil Terrorist!
    Needless to say Island of Sri Lankan become heaven for the Tamil Terrorist outfit.

  • 4
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    Nagananda

    You are absolutely correct.

    Will they be released without any condition? If they are released on bail, each time for bail renewal, they have to find money to travel to Colombo Courts as well as to pay for the lawyers. They are paupers and where do they go for money? Again who is going to stand as sureties for these unfortunate youths branded as”terrorists” . Where do they go for bail money? Why Sampanthan and Sumanthiran is not thinking on this line?

    Politicians whether they are Sinhalese or Tamils do like to prolong this sort of matters, then only they could thrive.

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      Dear Maya,

      Thank you for your kind thoughts. I would imagine both the Tamil political leadership and those at the helm of affairs in government
      may have addressed their mind to this. I agree with you and others here these detainees should not be further harassed. On their part, they
      too should obey the rules of the land – now that a new dispensation of
      understanding the ethnic question is in place.

      Kettikaran

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    “Opposition leader R. Sampantha says that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had agreed to release 61 Tamil political prisoners by 20th of this month.”

    Release????

    Have they never been charged and can go home?

    Have they been convicted and now will be pardoned or given probation?

    Have they been charged or will be charged and the cases will continue?

    Is this an amnesty for some?

    Are the politicians not interfering with the work of the courts and police?

    Did not a minister prevent the arrest of Gota?

  • 1
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    When I lived in Colombo between the 1990 and 1994 I was just picked up and locked up for no reason. Although I carried a British passport, my place of birth was recorded as Mullaitivu. This was done purely and simply to extort money from me. They even had the audacity to demand the money be paid in US dollars and not in Sri Lankan rupees. I was locked up four times and have seen how Sri Lankan Jurisprudence work.

    They record everything in Sinhalese and expect you to sign it. They never provide you with an interpreter. No Tamil speaking policeman except two or three I came across in the four police stations I was locked up in.

    I just give up. I had very high expectations from this so called National Unity Government. I am not very optimistic with what has been on display thus far.

    • 0
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      Mr.Kartigesu Nirmalan Nathan’s sad experience visited many thousands of Lankan Tamils – from the middle class and upper middle class, to local Tamils and those in the diaspora visiting relatives at home – often reluctantly and in the fear they may court danger in a partisan security situation. These victims became a source of massive revenue to rogue elements at Customs and Immigration at the airport as well as to Police, army and forces personnel at several levels all over the country. It was such a lucrative business even 3-wheel drivers brought “customers” (or shall I say “the enemies”) to the Police and army points for substantial rewards.

      Other than a mere “aney pow” attitude of some liberal Sinhalese the suffering of the Tamils continued, at its height, during and the years after the ending of the “War”. One cannot for certain declare it is entirely over now.

      Perhaps it may serve a useful purpose if some neutral and credible Body is to invite reports from all those who suffered, including during the July 1983 pogrom, so that at least some part of the story is heard, duly recorded and lessons learnt for avoidance in the future. Certainly, those Sinhalese, Muslims and others who suffered also should be encouraged to relate their own stories.

      Pandaranayagam

  • 0
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    If the release of the prisoners is true,this will be the only good thing you have done to the Tamil community in your life time.
    You had to talk to the president and the prime minister regarding their release.That is how it should be.Fiery speeches could bring votes,but would not help the release of the prisoners.
    How many prisoners are in the prison now?Say around two hundred.Are all the prisoners going to be released soon ?No.Let 61 of them be released.Then we can talk about the rest.
    You didnt have the guts to support madam Chandrika’s solution in 2000.Yous cuttled the golden opportunity and now you are praising C’s proposal.You betrayed the Tamils by not supporting Chandrika’s proposal.
    YOUR CONFRONTATIONAL POLITICS DIDNT WORK IN THE PAST.
    YOU DIDNT ACHIEVE ANYTHING TO THE TAMILS THROUGH CONFRONTATIONAL POLITICS.
    YOU HAD RUINED LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES IN THE PAST.
    You and your party sowed the seeds of hatred in the minds of innocent Tamils against Sinhalese .

    Whether we like it or not,Srilanka is our country and we have to live in SL peacefully.

  • 0
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    “61 in Two batches” – Only a promise!

    Sampanthan Ayyaa certainly you might heard the joke kids say in Tamil ” “Pandavar”, “like the legs of bed”, then say”Three”, then show “two fingers”. on a piece of paper write with a pencil “1”, then erase it o make “zero”. Exactly that is what your government in which you are the opposition leaders.

    Then of thousand of youth and women and children and men were hered from camps as LTTEs. Many were handed over by relatives, religious leaders, community leaders, friends…. You certainly have heard about the white flag murders for the ones surrendered. Suresh Premachandran has many times said there are evidences of hidden prisons and torture chambers. So many people’s pictures has been released after arrests. Every thing has been municlues and srinked as 61 political prisoners and even that is in two batches promise.

    I am sure with your legal expertise you understand who are the political prisoner. They are simply the opposite politicians arrested for not any substantiated crimes. This is just picked up from housed using PTA and then framed cases. You not asking the government to remove PTA. Now, you are playing your pitch-pipe to the government as they are political prisoner. This is beyond that. These are government terrorisms, people arrested with draconian PTA without voicing political opposition. These are absolutely false arrests.

    We are have been calling about the case of Pillaiyan and Karuna. With promise after, promise. there are many, new Tamils arrested with these cases, but not releasing any Tamils suffering in the prisons for more than a quarter of century. These new arrests another false arrests. Not one sinhala MP has suffered as much as Pillaiyan, but he was a Chief Minister, equivalent of a cabinet minister. He is not arrested to investigate to the role he played in the murders of Tamil MPs. You know, rather than these Tamil party MPs, Government Party MPs like Kathirgamar, Fernando Pillai are not coming to the scene. You know the status of Premachandra, Lasantha, Thajudeen… cases. Then why the Pillaiyan and Karuna cases have become important? Why K.P, who never carried out a murder is being targeted? When India is waiting for him, why they are not sending him to India? Simply there is only one reason. In their first turn, they told the secrets of the LTTE to government. First government declared them as rehabilitated and pardoned prisoners. Then it used them to murder, blackmailing them with the crime on their hand. So, for the same pardoning, they will be ready to tell everything about the Lankawe government’s murders to the new investigators. So the urgent need of the government is to pluck their eyes and murder them in prison, or beat them and brian wash to make them invalid before the investigation or hang them with an murder accusision, with framed witnesses.PTA is being used. Pillaiyan arrested using PTA for reviving LTTE, like Gobi. Government’s only aim is deuse solid internal witnesses. Tamils should not be sit and watch Pillaiyan being arrested under PTA for revving LTTE. There is never in the world anything happened like Pillaiyan framed case of being arrested to reviving LTTE.

    Pillaiyan’s and Karuna’s cases falling well with in the UNHRC resolution’s definition period. Thier activity must be investigated for war crime. They are important prosecution witness. They must be protected from Ranil Mahata’s sabotage plans. Now the government has fooled you with your “political prisoners” talk. We have to take the pain of being cheated. But it will not release any one it is really hiding unless there is an IC investigation. So government should not be allowed to use prisoners matters to hide Pillaiyan’s arrest under PTA for reviving LTTE. He should be protected. His release should be obtained until he face the war crime. Please instruct the TNA lawyers to attend his case and get him out. The same way TULF should protect Karuna!

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    61 Suicide bombers coming out or 61 black tigers coming out.

    they could not blow up during the last days.

    So, they became innocent tamils.

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      Ofcourse till 2009 all jokers in the South were hiding under bed hugging their wives..now making noise here..

      If SL Army rape your sisters and mothers what you will do ? Probably hug them ……

      Cheers

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    The opposition leader must make the government bring real reconciliation.

    Reconciliation is a process to restore the relationship between the offender and the offended.

    In the parable which Jesus said (Luke 18;10-14), an offender expressed his mental grief and appealed for mercy, looking into his mistake of doing wrong.

    He earnestly sought to restore his relationship against whom he committed the wrong, to have peace and satisfaction.

    He did an act of reconciliation.

    The other offender was full of pride and self justification and so failed to restore his relationship with the offended and have peace and satisfaction.

    In SL, the offenders should come out of the shell of pride and self justification, be openly remorseful and seek forgiveness from the offended.

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    One thing I really can’t understand when I read all these comments. All most all Sinhalese people are talking about LTTE and their actions.

    How many of them are born after 1983 and didn’t know what happened from 1957 onwards to Tamils ? ? ?

    From 1957 to 1983 there were No LTTE attacks against Innocent Sinhalese . It started from 1983 later part. During that period how many riots were against Innocent Tamils ? How many Tamils were burned alive / Killed / Raped / Looted Tamils properties etc . etc. What happened to those terrorist who did this to Innocent Tamils ? ? ? NOT a single person was arrested, as a suspect even.

    Releasing on bail is just another way of punishment. Every time they have to pay for a Lawyers to appear in the court and cases will be postponed till they are dead. Even if they have committed any crime they would have served their sentence and would have been released long ago. BUT because they are Tamils they have to still be in the prison for decades . . .

    Why Ranil waited till last minute to CONSIDER appointing a committee to go through this cases. Even up to now the committee was NOT formed.

    IF, Sambanthan cannot negotiate to get the release, as promised, NOT on bail, then how can we the TAMILS expect him to negotiate a POLITICAL Solution to Tamils Problem ? ? ?

    Now OUR ONLY HOPE IS Former High Court Judge C.V.Vickneswaran. Only He can do from Prisoners release to Political Solution.

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      why begin from 1957?
      why do you forget 1939?

      The people being released here is none but who had committed crimes.

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    Sampanthan and Sumanthiran,

    I hope that you have understood that some of the “political prisoners” might attack you instead of thanking you. There are many hard core LTTE cadres among them and they will not approve of your politics.

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