Posted on 09.04.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
Chairman of the Committee to Protect Prisoners’ Rights, Attorney Senaka Perera says that the media was provided with false information regarding the reports prepared by the two committees appointed to investigate the assault on the inmates of the Angunukolapelessa Prison.
The Prisoners’ Rights Committee lodged a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Department in January last year against the prison authorities over the alleged torture of a group of inmates of Angunakolapelessa Prison remand on October 21, 2018.
It was alleged that the inmates had been tortured in retaliation for holding protests against the superintendent.
Ministry officials issued a statement to the media saying that two three-member committees were appointed to investigate the alleged assault on the prisoners and the report was handed over to the minister in February. But in response to a query from the Ministry of Prisons under the ‘Right of access to Information’ Act, it was confirmed that no such reports have been released.
It is revealed that only an interim report has been submitted to the Ministry regarding the attack.
In this regard, two complaints have been made to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka and the Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms, Thalatha Athukorala. Thereafter, following the order of the Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms, two committees were appointed to investigate the incident. As such, one three-member committee headed by the Commissioner General of Prisons Thushara Upuldeniya and another at ministerial level with Senior Assistant Secretary of the Presidential Secretariat P.M. Nanayakkara, Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration and Management D.M.M. Basnayake and Senior Assistant Secretary to the Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms, Minister G. A. Swarnalatha, has been appointed.
Representatives of those committees issued statements to the media stating that reports of both three-member committees had been completed and handed over to the minister. However, in reply to the request made by the prison commission under the act for ‘right of access to information’, the ministry rejected the facts citing such reports have not been handed over.