Suspected Tamil Tigers Pardon by Sri Lanka


Gotabya Rajapaksa, the president of Sri Lanka, has pardoned 16 men linked to the Tamil Tigers rebels and were behind bars for over ten years. The decision was passed as Sri Lanka has been under pressure by the UN over detentions without charge.
The pardon is the first for Tigers supporters since President Rajapaksa took office in 2019 on a nationalist platform that pledged that troops who destroyed the insurgents would not be punished.
The men were found guilty under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), which provides security authorities broad authority to arrest and imprison suspected terrorists.
It has been urged for repeal by the UN Human Rights Council and other international rights organizations.
The 16 Tamil detainees were among 94 offenders granted presidential pardons, according to prison administrator Chandana Ekanayake, who announced the release on the Buddhist holiday of Poison. The majority of the 16 were set to finish their terms soon, according to the prisons department.
Officials with the government claimed the release was the first step in liberating all individuals detained or prosecuted under the PTA.
According to political sources in the Tamil community, another 78 individuals imprisoned under the legislation on suspicion of aiding the separatist Tamil Tigers have been held in captivity for decades. the Tigers were destroyed In a no-holds-barred military assault that culminated in May 2009,


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