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Petition filed over Angunakolapelessa prison assault

A writ petition was yesterday filed before the Court of Appeal seeking an order directing Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara and the CID Director to investigate the incident in which several individuals held in judicial custody at the Angunakolapelessa prison were brutally attacked by prison guards and the superintendent.

The petition was filed by Sudesh Nandimal, the Secretary of the Committee for Protecting Rights of Prisoners.

The petitioner stated that he is in possession of video footage which shows on November 22 last year the prison guards and the superintendent of Angunakolapelessa prison assaulting unarmed, unresisting and defenseless individuals in judicial custody with large wooden poles and batons with serious force while they were made to kneel down with their hands raised above their heads and walk with their knees.

The petitioner further stated that the individuals in judicial custody were made to walk while on their knees thereby resulting in the cloths of some individuals coming undone.

The petitioner stated that he lodged a complaint on January 1, 2019 with CID in relation to the incident that had taken place in the Agunakolapelessa prison.

The petitioner further stated that CID up to date has failed to take any steps on the complaint of the petitioner made to CID.

The petitioner has cited CID Director Shani Abeysekara, Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara, Superintendent of the Agunakolapelessa Prison Siridath Dhammika, Commissioner General of Prisons H.M.N.C. Dhanasinghe,Justice Minister Thalatha Atukorala and several others as respondents.

The petitioner further stated the respondents have failed to carry out their respective obligation which has left the individuals in judicial custody at the Agunakolapelessa prison without any justice and at the mercy and imminent danger of being subject to such inhuman treatment in the future as the respondents has failed to correct the situation. This petition had been filed through counsel Senaka Perera.

 

 

 


 

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