Stern action if there is proof - Foreign Minister | Daily News

Stern action if there is proof - Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said stern action will be taken against any person irrespective of status if the allegations made by the UN working group that some of the people whom they met had later been questioned by a third party, are proven.

Addressing the media at Sirikotha yesterday, Minister Samaraweera said some of the officials are still influenced by the practices of the former government.

He said that Prevention of Terrorism Act ( PTA) is already expired and a new Act will be formulated in the near future to confront the international terrorist threats as well.

Referring to the statement made by former minister G. L. Peiris that by releasing LTTE suspects the country is going to face a major hazard, Minister Samaraweera said the Tamil political prisoners cannot continue to be detained in prisons.

Among the Tamil political prisoners are 52 persons who have no charges filed against them and nearly 116 cases have been dragging for the past five or six years.

"They should also mingle with the society," he said.

When KP and Karuna Amman could align with the former government, why cannot Tamil political prisoners be released, questioned Minister Samaraweera.

Responding to a question raised by a Journalist about MP Udaya Gammanpila's statement that government has allowed the leader of Global Tamil Forum (GTF) to visit Sri Lanka, The minister said that there will be no restrictions imposed if they are visiting to encourage peace and reconciliation.

Sri Lankans living abroad have all rights to visit their motherland. There are several banned organisations but some of the leaders of those organisations have died, he said. 

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