Convener of the Civil Monitoring Commission, DPF leader Mano Ganesan issuing a statement on behalf of the voluntary organization today welcomed the transferring of Subramaniam Shivathai alias Thamilini to a rehabilitation camp from detention.
“It also seems that government has a secret plan to use these former LTTE seniors to their political advantage within the governments’ political agenda,” Ganesan said.
Nevertheless, he said they have no issue over this and that if they (the LTTE seniors) are willing to work with the government, they could do so.
“But why is this consideration not given to other Tamil political prisoners who are languishing in the remand prisons over five to fifteen years?,” he questioned.
The leader of Democratic People’s Front said that, there are many women with their children, elders, sick persons and clergymen as political prisoners.
“Most of them are Tamils. There are some Muslims and Sinhalese too imprisoned under PTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act), he alleged.
Mano Ganesan accused the government of only pardoning “some selectively for political reasons” and also for keeping the other remaining imprisoned also for political reasons. “That is why we are calling them as Political Prisoners.”