AI calls for independent probe


Amnesty International (AI), on 5 July, urged the Sri Lankan Government and connected authorities to conduct an independent investigation into the incidents at the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre and to act quickly to free all people who are being held there against their will.

An inmate at the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Camp had died as a result of complications arising from assault injuries all over his body caused by blunt weapons, according to the results of the post-mortem examination on 5 July.

Ceylon Today learns that 500 of the 600 prisoners, believed to be drug addicts, who had escaped the facility were rounded up and returned to the Centre. According to Defence sources, the uproar was caused by one of the inmates, a 36-year-old man from Mutwal, Colombo 15, who had been found dead in his room.

After the post-mortem examination, the body was taken to the Polonnaruwa General Hospital morgue.

The prisoners who were held after turning themselves into the Police were relocated to the Maithri Sevana Holiday Resort.

Minister of Justice  Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe requested for a report on the incident at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre. After reviewing the report, the Minister announced that a five-member committee would be appointed to look into the incident.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan