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Last updated: 25 June, 2011 - Published 13:56 GMT
 
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'Allow' lawyers to visit detainees
 
The Supreme Court complex in Sri Lanka
Supreme Court stressed the importance of allowing lawyers to visit their clients
The Supreme Court in Sri Lanka has ordered the Attorney General (AG) to allow lawyers representing Tamil Tiger suspects in Boossa to visit their clients.

The Court made the order when a fundamental rights (FR) petition filed by Marion Joseph David taken in for hearing.

Mr David’s counsel Saliya Peiris told the court on Friday that although the relatives are allowed to visit the detainees in Boossa, their legal representatives are barred by the authorities.

He said that it is difficult for him to get relevant details for the FR petition from his client as a result.

Nearly 2000 former LTTE suspects are kept under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in the infamous Boossa detention camp in Galle, southern Sri Lanka.

Thousands of other LTTE suspects are detained elsewhere in rehabilitation camps.

A three-member bench chaired by Justice Shirani Thilakawardene informed the AG that it is important for the legal representative to meet their clients to proceed with the case.

The counsel for the petitioner was also ordered to get the details of the petition from the petitioner subsequent to getting clearance from the AG.

 
 
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