Three Tamil prisoners have filed a petition in the Court of Appeal seeking the transfer of their case back to the Vavuniya High Court from the Anuradhapura High Court.
Petitioner prisoners are Rajathurai Thiruvarul, Mathiarasan Sulakshan and Ganeshan Dharshan, who have been on a hunger strike for the last 32 days protesting against the transfer of their cases from Vavuniya Court to Anurathapura Court. The petition was filed through their Attorney M.K.P. Chandralal.
Petitioners in their petition state that they were arrested by the TID and produced before the Magistrate before being committed to fiscal custody. They were remanded in various prisons and are presently being detained in the Anuradhapura Prison. They were indicted by the then Attorney General in the High Court of Vavuniya in 2013 and their case was called on 58 instances without a trial being initiated. Finally, the High Court Judge of Vavuniya fixed the case for trial for two days in September 2017. While the case was fixed for trial in September 2017 in the High Court of Vavuniya, the Attorney General moved to transfer the case to the High Court of Anuradhapura.
The petitioners further state that they do not have any relatives or friends in Anuradhapura and that they speak only Tamil and that it would be very hard for their family to offer defence and understand proceedings in the Anuradhapura High Court since Tamil was not the language being used. Out of the 67 witnesses in the case, 64 were from the Police and Armed Forces.