Several ex-LTTE cadres to be granted Presidential pardon

Wednesday, 23 June 2021 - 21:17

Several former LTTE cadres will be released on Presidential pardon in view of the 'Poson Poya Day'.

The 17 former LTTE cadres were arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) for their links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorist organization.

Speaking to Hiru News, State Minister of Prisons Management and Prisoners’ Rehabilitation Lohan Ratwatte stated that the sentences of 216 prisoners, who have been sentenced to death for more than 20 years, will be commuted to life imprisonment.

Meanwhile, Minister Namal Rajapakse yesterday (22) stated in Parliament that action must be taken to release those detained under the PTA, which identifies them as political prisoners.

In response, Justice Minister Ali Sabry stated that steps are being taken to release the prisoners accordingly.