33 Tamil detainees held without inquiry for 13 years
[TamilNet, Sunday, 05 July 2009, 11:19 GMT]
Thirty-three Tamil political prisoners detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in Welikada magazine prison for the last thirteen years without any inquiry or charges against them in the courts of law have appealed to human rights organizations to take up their cases with authority concerned and obtain their early release. All of them, including some women, are residents of North, East and upcountry areas. Their appeals are said to have been forwarded to the relevant government authority for immediate consideration, sources said.
Meanwhile, another seven Tamils serving jail sentences after being found guilty in court of law charged under the PTA also have requested their release on government pardon.
They have also appealed to the HR organizations to take up their cases with the authority concerned on humanitarian basis, sources said.