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PTA claims Tamil lives while Sri Lankan war criminals promoted - TNA MP

The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) has claimed the lives of many Tamil youths, while war criminals in Sri Lanka walk free, a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP has said.

Speaking in Parliament last week, Amparai district representative K Kodeeswaran said it was unjust that Tamil political prisoners were still wasting away in detention while war criminals were being promoted into high positions in Sri Lanka.

"The PTA has severely affected our Tamil people. Our youths have been brutally murdered through this act," Kodeeswaram said.

"Yet those who committed war crimes walk free," he said.

Kodeeswaran may have been referring to Sri Lanka's appointment of Shavendra Silva, a suspected war criminal, as chief of staff for the Sri Lankan army.