UPFA MP Wimal Weerawansa today severely criticized a government decision to release a group of Tamil political prisoners, who recently engaged in a five day fast.
Calling the prisoners as former LTTE cadres detained on Terrorism charges, Weerawansa today said he had reliable information that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had come to an agreement with the TNA and several other Tamil politicians to grant a general amnesty to the prisoners.
Weerawansa said that this agreement included some ex-LTTE cadres becoming witnesses for the state in trials which will be carried out against the military officers at the proposed Hybrid Court.
“This is a slur on our security forces who sacrificed their life and limb to save the country from the clutches of terrorism” he said
Weerawansa challenged the President and the Prime Minister to reveal how the government was going to release prisoners with serious criminal charges against them, without any judicial process.
The UPFA MP questioned whether the government was prepared to release other prisoners as well if they engage in a hunger strike.
Meanwhile the hunger strike commenced by the prisoners on Monday was called off on Saturday following an assurance by President Sirisena that the prisoners grievances will be met before November 07.
During a recent Cabinet meeting the President had tasked Minister Mano Ganesan, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and Law and Order Minister Tilak Marapana to meet the Attorney General and discuss the issue and submit a report to him.
Meanwhile the TNA today warned that the party will stage a fast along with the prisoners if President Sirisena makes a u-turn on his assurance to the Tamil political prisoners.