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Mavai promises to take hunger-striking Tamil political prisoners cases to Sri Lankan president

The TNA MP and leader of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi, Mavai Senathirajah has promised three hospitalised Tamil political prisoners that he will take up their cases with the Sri Lankan President.

The parliamentarian visited the three detainees in hospital in Anuradhapuram, where they were admitted on Sunday following severe deteriorations in their health.

The three have been hunger-striking for sixteen days in protest of the transferral of their cases from Vavuniya High Court to the Sinhala district of Anuradhapuram.

Mr Senathirajah told the political prisoners that he supported their request to keep their cases in Vavuniya and that the attorney-general’s justification for the decision was unacceptable.

Yesterday the Sri Lankan attorney-general said that the cases could not be kept in Vavuniya as witnesses would face security threats there.