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Gota will not release convicted soldiers – SLPP

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today (07) said that its presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa did not pledge to release all the soldiers who are convicted for offences but only a ‘certain category of people’.

Addressing a press conference at the Mandarina Colombo this morning, joint-opposition parliamentarian Dr Sarath Amunugama said that Rajapaksa did not mean to give a carte blanche to all incarcerated military-men.

Amunugama was referring to a statement made by SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa last month in which he said that he will release a large number of soldiers who are in prisons due to ‘absurd allegations’ by the dawn of November 17.

“I must say that there are different versions regarding what he said. There are different categories of people. I don’t think he gave a carte blanche,” Amunugama said.

Explaining the matter further, MP Susil Premajayantha said that Gotabaya Rajapaksa only referred to some detainees.

“You find so many suspects either in custody or in remand. Some suspects are in custody but they were not produced in courts with a B report. Some suspects are in remand they have been produced before courts with a B report. So if you prepare a B report then you have to mention the place of the incident, the nature of the incident and under what section that they will be charged” he said.

” If there is no such a situation what they do is they ask for detention orders and keep them in custody.  So then they are subject to question and interrogation. Others are in remand. If they want to get a further statement from those suspects, they can make an application to Magistrate Court and get the order and they can go to prison and record the statement. There are two categories,” Premajayantha said.

“And apart from that, there can be some who were convicted and serving terms in prison. I think he didn’t refer to those people. He referred to the people who are in detention. There can be so many detainees. for example, some politicians these days they say over 2400 people were taken to custody after the Easter Sunday attack and most of them are still under detention. So they were not produced to Court with a B report but they are subject to interrogation. So I think there are so many categories. But he didn’t say that people who are convicted and serving terms in prison will be released. He didn’t say that. That is my view. he was referring to some detainees,” Premajayantha added.

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