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Tamil political prisoner hunger strikes demanding trial

A Tamil political prisoner has been hunger striking since Monday, demanding his trial and release.

36-year-old Irapallavan Thaporuban was arrested by the Terrorism Investigation Department in 2009 and kept in detention in Jaffna until 2012 when he was moved to Anuradhapura prison.

Mr Thaporuban said that he has engaged in countless protests over the years and been granted several promises that his case would go to trial and that his indefinite detention would come to an end.

The detainee said that he was forced to campaign once again as despite all those promises there has been no progress with his case.