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Sri Lanka President says will resolve political prisoners issue when attorney-general and justice minister return

The Sri Lankan President told families of political prisoners that he would resolve their problems when the attorney-general and justice minister return to the country.

Three detainees at Anuradhapura prison - 40-year-old Rasathurai Thiruvarul, 30-year-old Mathiyarasan Sulaksan and 26-year-old Ganesan Tharsan - have been fasting for over 22 days in protest of the transferral of their cases from the Tamil Vavuniya High Court to the Sinhalese Anuradhapura court.

Their family members met with President Sirisena on Thursday.

While the President listened to their grievances and seemed sympathetic to their requests, he told them that the issue would be resolved once the attorney-general and justice minister return from abroad.