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* Sri Lanka's Tamil opposition to focus on Tamil youth detained since the end of the war
Wed, Jun 9, 2010, 08:44 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jun 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Tamil opposition party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is to meet with the Attorney General (AG) to discuss the plight of Tamil youth who have been detained by local authorities following the end of the war last year.

TNA parliamentary group leader R. Sampanthan told a pres conference in Colombo today (09) that about 10,000 Tamil youth are believed to be held in detention.

Sampanthan said that there was no legal ground on which they could be held in detention as not every person in the Wanni was a member of the terrorist group LTTE.

"Many of them had surrendered in good faith on being told that they would be released after being questioned. A distinction should be drawn between those against whom there is no evidence or whose involvement was purely peripheral and others against whom there is evidence or who were seriously involved," he said.

The TNA had also raised the issue with the President when a group of TNA parliamentarians met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday (07).



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