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Wednesday, 23 May 2012 - 8:19
LTTE Detainee fast on 7th day
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The fast initiated by LTTE detainees inside the Vavuniya prison continues
for the seventh day today.

Reports say that 30 LTTE detainees have joined the fast.

Steps have also been taken to admit several detainees engaged in the fast to the Vavuniya hospital since their condition had become critical.

The fasting detainees demand that the charges levelled against them be dealt with speedily.

Minister of Rehabilitation and Prisons Reforms Chandrasiri Gajadheera stated that a decision would be taken within this month regarding these detainees based on the decisions of the Advisory Committee.

Meanwhile, the Government is due to make a statement with regard to the LTTE detainees being held at the Vavuniya prison.

Leader of the TNA parliamentary group R Sambandan making a special statement inquired about this from the Government.

Responding to this Leader of the House Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva stated that the problem with regard to these detainees should be solved by three Ministries.

The Minister said that accordingly the Government would make an official statement about this today.

Meanwhile Deputy Minister of Finance Geetaanjana Gunawardana stated that the Government's attention has been drawn to providing relief with regard to vehicles imported on an individual basis.

While the debate on several ordinances under the Import and Export Act was held yesterday, the Deputy Minister participating in the debate stated that 100 to 200 appeals have been received at the Finance Ministry from persons who import vehicles individually.

Deputy Minister of Transport Rohana Dissanayaka also expressed these views on this matter.

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