A Tamil youth who was arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and imprisoned for more than 12 years without charge has been acquitted and released by a court.
The Moneragala Magistrate’s Court has acquitted and released Kadirvelu Kabilan, a 20 year old youth.
He is a resident of Akkarepattu, Sinnapanamkattai in the Ampara District.
Kadirvelu Kabilan, who was arrested on May 20, 2009 after the end of the war in the North, has been remanded in custody for one and a half years and remanded from February 15, 2011 on the orders of the Moneragala Magistrate’s Court.
No charges have been filed against Kadirvelu Kabilan since then. Last week, the court ordered to release the suspect after presenting those facts before the court by Attorney-at-Law S. Panchadcharam who appeared for the accused.
Prison authorities have released the suspect who was detained at the Colombo Magazine Prison yesterday (10) after a PCR examination.
An EU special envoy who had arrived in the island to investigate whether the Government of Sri Lanka’s human rights record, including the implementation of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and its continuing anti-humanitarian activities, is further appropriate to provide tax concessions for the export of goods to Europe had left the country on the 5th.
According to the Presidential Media Unit, the President had a discussion with the EU delegation at his private residence in Mirihana on Monday morning, October 4, where he stated that immediate steps would be taken to amend the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act.