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Hartal in North and East on Friday
[Wednesday 2017-10-11 18:00]

As a mark of political protest against a decision by the Attorney General’s department to transfer three Prevention of Terrorism (PTA) cases from Vavuniya High Court to Anuradhapura, political parties and civil society organizations have planned to stage a hartal on Thursday, October 13, in the North and East.
Speaking to the Daily News, Tamil National Alliance MP M. A. Sumanthiran said he was aware of the situation and has requested the AG’s department to provide security to the witnesses of the three cases so that it can continue to be heard at the Vavuniya High Court.

As a mark of political protest against a decision by the Attorney General’s department to transfer three Prevention of Terrorism (PTA) cases from Vavuniya High Court to Anuradhapura, political parties and civil society organizations have planned to stage a hartal on Thursday, October 13, in the North and East. Speaking to the Daily News, Tamil National Alliance MP M. A. Sumanthiran said he was aware of the situation and has requested the AG’s department to provide security to the witnesses of the three cases so that it can continue to be heard at the Vavuniya High Court.

  

“The suspects said that the lawyers appearing for them practice at Vavuniya High Court and if the case is to be transferred to Anuradhapura, they are uncomfortable with the language of the proceedings since it would be conducted in Sinhala,” he said. “The AG’s department has however cited that the reason for the transfer is because the witnesses do not feel safe. For this we’ve asked the AG to provide the necessary security so the case can still be heard at Vavuniya High Court.”

“We have supported their decision for the case to be heard at Vavuniya but the matter rests with the AG,” he said. “We are not asking for their release only for their case to be heard at Vavuniya.” It has been reported that the three prisoners in the Anuradhapura prison, who had gone on hunger strike have been admitted to the Anuradhapura hospital due to ill health. The decision to hold a hartal was reached upon after a discussion between political parties and civil society representatives in the North and East.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Civil Society Forum in a statement has questioned the grounds on which the transfers have been made. “The transfers of these cases give the impression that these Courts in North and East are treated as second class. Is the AG concerned about PTA cases being heard in the North and East,” they queried.

  
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