Sri Lanka says it will quickly process Tamil prisoners

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Posted: Oct 15, 2015 8:35 AM
Sri Lanka says it will quickly process Tamil prisoners

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government pledged Thursday to quickly process hundreds of ethnic Tamils who have been detained without charges for years on suspicion of links to former Tamil Tiger rebels.

Some of the detainees have been fasting in prison since Monday to press for their release. Relatives and activists protested on Wednesday at Colombo's main train station to demand the prisoners' immediate freedom.

All the detainees were arrested during the country's civil war, which ended in 2009 with the defeat of the separatist Tamil Tigers.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the government will soon release those without chargeable offenses and bring charges against the others.

Relatives and civil rights activists say about 300 ethnic Tamils have been detained for years under powerful anti-terrorism laws.