The Minister of Justice and a candidate in the next election, Wijeyathasa Rajapakse said that, there no political prisoners as such in the country now. Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka was the last political prisoner, and as he had been already released, there are no political prisoners now.
The people arrested during war period were arrested for placing bombs and murder. They cannot be considered as political prisoners, he said.
It notable that, Sarath Fonseka recently said that those who had been arrested as LTTE area should be considered as political prisoners.