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Tamil political prisoner given 1 hour to attend father’s funeral

A Tamil political prisoner was released on parole for one hour today to attend his father’s funeral in Killinochi.

Mr Thangavel Sivakumar has been detained for over thirteen years and today was the first time that he was released on parole to visit his home.

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Emotional scenes were caught on camera with Mr Sivakumar’s wife, children and other relatives at the funeral pleading with Sri Lankan police officers to allow him to stay with them.