SC orders IGP to probe A'pura Prison incident

Rebecca Pavey | Published: 2:13 PM Oct 21 2021
Local SC orders IGP to probe A'pura Prison incident

The Supreme Court has ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP), C. D. Wckremaratne to conduct a prompt investigation into recent incidents that took place at the Anuradhapura Prison, involving State Minister Lohan Ratwatte.

The investigation is to be carried out under the supervision of the Attorney General, in accordance with the Code of Criminal Procedure.

The order was issued by Justices Gamini Amarasekara, Yasantha Kodagoda and Janak de Silva, when a petition filed by the eight inmates of the Anuradhapura prison was taken up in court today.

These inmates last month filed a Fundamental Rights petition before the Supreme Court, against the actions of State Minister Ratwatte.

They requested that a verdict be issued, claiming the violation of their fundamental rights, and that they be transferred to a prison in the Northern Province.

The three-member Judge bench further ordered the eight inmates to be transferred to another prison, while their petition is to be heard on 15 February 2022.

The former State Minister of Prisons had allegedly visited the Anuradhapura Prison on 12 September, and threatened two Tamil prisoners.

He had summoned the eight Tamil inmates and ordered two of them to kneel down in front of him, and had then aimed his firearm at the inmates, threatening to kill them on the spot.

Lohan Ratwatte later resigned from his state minister of prisons position after political parties demanded his removal over his unruly conduct.

However, he still retained his portfolio as the State Minister of Gem & Jewellery related Industries.

Rebecca Pavey | Published: 2:13 PM Oct 21 2021

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