Tamil prisoners taken to court reremanded

The prisoners had earlier staged a fast onto death but they suspended it after the President gave an assurance he will address their issue by November 7. Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran was with the inmates when the assurance was conveyed. Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran told Parliament today that there are over 200 political prisoners in the country. Meanwhile some of the prisoners were brought to the Colombo Magistrates Court today hand-cuffed and linked to each other using a chain.While leaving court some of them said that they were offered rehabilitation but only two of them accepted the offer while the others refused and sought their release.Those who rejected the offer to undergo rehabilitation said that President Maithripala Sirisena, the Prisons Commissioner and parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran will need to take responsibility if any harm comes to their lives. Sumanthiran said that President Maithripala Sirisena had given the prisoners an assurance that they will be released by November 7.However the MP said that as of today there was no progress to be seen and the Government must act fast. A group of Tamil detainees were presented to Court today and most of them were re-remanded after they refused to accept an offer to undergo rehabilitation.The detainees, who call themselves “political prisoners” but are not recognized as such by the Government, said that the court, Government and Tamil National Alliance will be held responsible for their lives if they are not freed unconditionally. He said that while the Government does not recognize these people as political prisoners, most of them are political prisoners. Sumanthiran told Parliament today that the President had assured that apart from those facing heinous crimes, the other Tamil political prisoners will be released by November 7.The Tamil political prisoners have been in jail for several years and most of them have not been charged or have been accused of minor offences under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Baltic Handball League 20132014 begins

Baltic Handball Leaguehandballhandball leaguehandball news ← Previous Story EHF CL 2013/2014 start – Barcelona to Skopje, Alex Dujshebaev: “Talant will cheer for Vardar” Next Story → Olympic Project “Rio 2016”: two matches against Tunisia for Esercito-FIGH Futura Roma The new season of BHL starts on Saturday, the 21st of September with eight teams to compete from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Belarus. Minsk SKA will defend the title that was won last year in the final with Riihimäki Cocks.Taking in consideration that  Minsk SKA, the team from Belarussia, only lost one game last year and the addition of two new Belarussian teams HC Meshkov Brest and HC Vitjaz it is a real possibility that the Baltic league may be dominated by the huge belarussian force. Before last year Belarussian teams had been away from the Baltic League for three years and now their enthusiasm has grown even bigger. This years newcomers Brest have already played in BHL before four years ago gaining fourth position, while Vitjaz are debutantes.Fighting for a place in the final 4 tournament are also two Estonian teams Põlva Serviti and  HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper, Riihimäki Cocks from Finland and Lithuanian Klaipeda Dragunas. The absolute outsider of this group seems to be Latvia’s Riia Celtnieks/LSPA who was left without a single point last year and probably havent improved enough this year to be real contenders in the league.Coach of Põlva Serviti, who just recently lost their European Cup game to Bergens team and the coach of Kehra, Jüri Lepp, said almost identical sentences  about the upcoming season:” The goal is to get to the Final 4, but it is going to be hard, as there are strong Belarussian teams, Riihimäki Cocks, who has many newcomers and ofcourse the always strong at home Dragunas.”Finlands Riihimäki Cocks has high hopes for the season, as they have strengthened their already strong team, who came second last year, with new additions like Estonian national goalkeeper Marius Aleksejev, Estonian leagues last years top scorer Kristo Voika. With these and other additions Riihimäki are certainly hungry to go one place better this year.The director of Baltic League Urmo Sitsi: The prospect of ten teams that we had in the summer is now come down to eight with the help of the Belarus teams. In the future the ideal number would be 16-20 teams but expanding geographically is not in our plan. The main agenda at this moment is to increase the number of Baltic clubs and make them more interested.“Timetable of the first round:21.09. (kell 14.00, Klaipeda): Klaipeda Dragunas – Minski SKA21.09. (kell 16.00, Riia): Riia Celtnieks/LSPA – Riihimäki Cocks21.09. (kell 16.00, Minsk): Minski Vitjaz – Bresti Meškov21.09. (kell 18.00, Põlva): Põlva Serviti – HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper22.09. (kell 14.00, Klaipeda): Klaipeda Dragunas – Bresti Meškov22.09. (kell 15.00, Minsk): Minski Vitjaz – Minski SKA22.09. (kell 16.00, Põlva): Põlva Serviti – Riihimäki Cocks22.09. (kell 16.30, Riia): Riia Celtnieks/LSPA – HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&PaperThe final sequence of the season 2012/2013: 1. Minsk SKA, 2. Riihimäki Cocks, 3. Põlva Serviti, 4. HC Kehra/Pulp&Paper, 5. Kaunase Granitas-Gaja-Karys, 6. Klaipeda Dragunas, 7. Dobele Tenax, 8. Riia HK LSPA/NB-SAN.Source: Baltic Handball League press release and ww.baltichandball.net read more