Harini obstructed from visiting Damitha

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Prison officials have allegedly obstructed MP Dr. Harini Amarasuriya from entering the Colombo Magazine Prison premises.

Dr. Amarasuriya claimed that she had visited the prison on 10 September, accompanied by two lawyers, to inquire into the well-being of actress Damitha Abeyratne. However, she was obstructed inside the premises and had to remain outside for some time, she alleged.

Amarasuriya claimed that first she was not allowed to enter the premises without the permission of the Chief Jailor and when she did go in after sometime, she had not been allowed to visit Abeyratne. 

The officials had later permitted her to visit Abeyratne after Opposition Leader MP Sajith Premadasa and MP Rajitha Senaratne had arrived at the premises.  She said that she was allowed to visit the actress since the officials could not keep her outside after letting the other MPs pass through. 

Meanwhile, the Commissioner General of Prisons had called a report from the Superintendent of Prisons regarding Dr. Amarasuriya’s statement on her being obstructed from going to the women’s ward of Colombo Magazine Prison.

Abeyratne was arrested on 7 September over the incident of forcibly entering the Presidential Secretariat during the protests in July 2022.  She was then remanded until 14 September by the Fort Magistrate.

BY Aloka Kasturiarachchi