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Tamil political prisoners attacked in Galle again, one in coma

Reports of a further prison attack last week in Galle against Tamil political detainees have emerged.

The Jaffna newspaper, Uthayan, reported this morning, that Tamil political prisoners were attacked in Galle prison last week, leaving several injured and one detainee, 34-year-old Sundaram Satheeskumar, in a coma.

Satheeskumar was arrested by in 2008, from his home in Kodikaamam, and imprisoned in New Magazine prison in Colombo. According to Uthayan, when his wife, Kavitha, and his young daughter, Sahitya, went to visit him on the 24th August, they were informed by prison guards that he had been transferred to Galle prison three days ago. When they then went to Galle, they found Satheeskumar admitted to Karapitiya Hospital in a coma.

Many more Tamil detainees were also injured in the attack, with several being prevented from receiving adequate treatment, reported Uthayan.

TamilNet reports that Satheeskumar suffered a head injury, with evidence of torture else where on his body.

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