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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2306

Tamil Prisoners: CA orders re-transfer of cases Back to Vavuniya from A’Pura

Colombo, 02 February, (Asiantribune.com):

Court of Appeal ordered to re-transfer cases of the Tamil prisoners to Vavuniya High Court from Anuradhapura Special High Court.

The petition of Tamil prisoners seeking to transfer their cases back to Vavuniya High Court from Anuradhapura High Court came up today, Senior State Counsel Azad Navavi informed Court that the Attorney General has no objection to re-transfer these cases.

Senior State Counsel told Court that out of 67 witnesses, the two lady prisoners who are ex-cadres of the LTTE had been hesitant to testify in Vavuniya High Court on security reason are now willing to come to Vavuniya for the trial in Vavuniya.

Tamil prisoners who had earlier embarked on continuous fasting in a passive resistance urging to re-transfer their cases back to Vavuniya High Court from Anuradhapura Special High Court had filed an appeal in the Court of Appeal against the Attorney General and the Terrorist Investigation Division(TID).

Petitioners Rajathurai Thiruvarul, Mathiarasan Sulakshan and Ganeshan Dharshan in their petition stated they were arrested by TID and produced before the Magistrate and committed to fiscal custody.

They stated they were in remand in various prisons and presently being kept at Anuradhapura Prisons.

They stated they were indicted by then Attorney General in the High Court of Vavuniya in 2013 and their case was called 58 instances without trial being started.

Finally High Court Judge of Vavuniya fixed the case for trial for two days in September 2017, they stated.

While the case was so fixed for trial in September 2017 in High Court of Vavuniya, the Attorney General moved to transfer the case to the High Court of Anuradhapura, they stated.

They claimed they do not have any relatives or friends in Anuradhapura and they speak only Tamil language and that it will be very hard for their family members to bring a language of their choice to Anuradhapura High Court to defend the case against them and to understand proceedings in the case.

They lamented they will be denied a fair trial in the High Court of Anuradhapura and draw attention to the fact that out of 67 witnesses in the case, 64 are from Police and Armed Forces.

They contended that therefore there is no fair reason for the Attorney General to transfer the case from Vavuniya High Court to Anuradhapura High Court at the present improved security context.

Bench comprised of Justices P.Padman Surasena (President/CA) and Shiran Gooneratne.

Attorney-at-Law M.K.P.Chandralal appeared for the Petitioners.

- Asian Tribune -

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