29 year old Tamil youth is under detention for 15 years in Welikada
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 21 October 2009, 17:42 GMT]
A team from a Human Rights Organization called Peoples Forum for
Independence that visited the Welikada prison made a startling
disclosure that they found a Tamil youth who was arrested at the age
of fourteen has been under detention for fifteen years under the
Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Now the youth is 29 years old. He
is among several Tamil political prisoners who have been detained
under the PTA and Emergency Regulations (ER) without any inquiry and
without recourse in courts, said an official of the organization to
the Colombo media.
The HR team visited Welikada prison last week and talked to several
Tamil political prisons including senior journalist Mr. Tissanayagam
who was sentenced to jail for twenty years. The team came to know the
particular Tamil youth during that visit, sources said.