The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has welcomed the government’s decision to release 23 political prisoners through the rehabilitation process.
In a statement issued today, TNA said that the decision announced by the government is in keeping with a pledge during a meeting held on August 26, 2016 between TNA Leader R. Sampanthan, MP M. A. Sumanthiran and Minister of Justice Wijayadasa Rajapakshe, Minister of Law and Order Sagala Rathnayaka, the Attorney General and other High Officials at Temple Trees.
“We urge the government to continue this process of re-evaluation and release the rest of the political prisoners also without delay,” the TNA said in the statement.
In 2015, the TNA said that there was over 200 prisoners who have been accused of engaging in terrorist activities and held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. These prisoners have been in jails for varying periods ranging from five years to 15 years.