‘Transfer prisoners with British citizenship to British jails’

TNA Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran TNA Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran has requested Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem to transfer the Tamils in Sri Lankan prisons with British citizenship to British prisons.

He was referring to the Tamil prisoners who had been arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the emergency regulations sometimes ago. According to him, some of them have been convicted by various courts in Sri Lanka over their alleged connections with the LTTE.

Mr.Premachandran at a discussion with the Justice Minister held at the Justice Ministry on Wednesday had informed the Minister that the parents of these British citizens were willing to get their sons transferred to British jails under an agreement signed between Sri Lanka and Britain-in 1995.

In response to that Minister Hakeem had told TNA MP that Sri Lanka would consider it if the British Foreign Ministry approached the Sri Lankan government in this regard.

Parents of these prisoners said they wanted their sons to be transferred to British prisons as they were British citizens and also because of the fact that the condition of Sri Lankan prisons was not satisfactory.(N Parameswaran)

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