2ND LEAD (Adds video)

Hunger-striking 62-year-old TPP’s health worsens

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 July 2019, 16:23 GMT]
Thevathasan Kanagasabai, the former Director of the Tamil unit of the ‘National Film Corporation’ whom the judiciary of the unitary state of genocidal Sri Lanka had sentenced to life under the notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), has been on a dry hunger strike since Monday. The health condition of 62-year-old activist has worsened as he has been fasting without food and water, fellow prisoners said. Unable to afford the expenses to a proper lawyer, Mr Thevathasan was defending himself during the cases. The Tamil political prisoner did not have a chance to prepare evidence on his behalf as he was under detention for several years under the PTA. Now, he has appealed against the verdicts demanding bail, enabling him to prepare for his appeal or released through a political decision.

Kanagasabai Thevathasan
Kanagasabai Thevathasan
The SL Judiciary has been passing judgements based on false confessions, which the accused had been forced to sign under the duress involving torture. The PTA enables the judiciary to use such confessions.

Mr Thevathasan was sentenced with a life term in addition to another punishment of 20 years imprisonment in 2017.

Rev. Fr. S.V.B. Mangalarajah, the president of the Justice & Peace Commission in Jaffna, addressed the press in Jaffna on Friday urging political mobilisation and immediate action from the politicians.



Mr Thevarajah has been victimised under false allegations for which he didn’t have a chance to defend himself, Fr Mangalarajah said.

Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, the General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) was given a presidential pardon and released. However, Tamil political prisoners who have been languishing in the prisons for more than ten years have not been accorded the same treatment, the human rights activist said.


Related Articles:
10.04.17   Colombo wants discarded confessions obtained through torture..
29.03.17   Genocidal Colombo sentences 60-year-old Tamil activist to 20..


Chronology:

 

Latest 15 Reports
06.07.20 19:06  
Colombo transfers Tamil Political Prisoners to notorious Anuradhapura prison
05.07.20 23:06   Photo
University students, Shivajilingam brave SL harassment to commemorate fallen Black Tigers
04.07.20 22:28   Photo
Monk commanding Sinhala-Buddhicisation of North-East threatens Tamil villagers in Batticaloa
03.07.20 19:28   Photo
After Naavat-kuzhi, Colombo targets Poonakari for Sinhala colonisation across Jaffna lagoon
02.07.20 22:26  
Colombo imposes restrictions on Tamil valour related symbolism in schools of North
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
28.06.20 22:06  
India privileging BRIC/RIC over Quad ‘discordant’, says former US top diplomat
27.06.20 22:11  
Indo-Pacific expert wants US to seek opportunities in ‘Sri Lanka’
26.06.20 21:24  
Russia steps up influence on New Delhi to uphold “multilateralism” against US “rules-based order”
25.06.20 23:53  
Pompeo talks about US reposturing troops, mentions India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia
24.06.20 23:36   Photo
Devananda circumvents court order, manipulates Jaffna fishers to allow poachers from South
23.06.20 22:03  
Sinhala encroachment of pastureland continues unabated in Batticaloa
22.06.20 18:17  
SLMC Chairman: Time for joint Tamil-Muslim efforts
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=39517