Welikada Prison Massacre: Probe conducted in 2017 on Ranil’s orders – Pujith

By Faadhila Thassim | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 16 2020

By Faadhila Thassim

Former Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara said the investigations into the killing of 27 Welikada Prison inmates in 2012 was conducted in 2017, five years after the incident, on the instructions of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Jayasundara testified before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe political victimisation of public officials during the tenure of the UNF-led Government, on 14 October, as a respondent to a complaint filed by former Commissioner of Prisons, Emil Ranjan Lamahewa.

He added that on the instructions of Wickremesinghe, the former Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, D.M. Swaminathan, set up a committee to investigate the Welikada incident in 2017 under his command, based on the former panel report on the incident.

He further testified that the panel report was also sent to the Attorney General’s Department, by which he was instructed to conduct a fresh investigation into the incident in 2017, following which he instructed the CID to conduct further investigations, as they had conducted the preliminary investigations into the incident in 2012. 

When questioned, by the Lawyer appearing for Lamahewa, if Jayasundara noticed that the re-investigation into an incident which took place five years after the incident, during the UNF-led Government, on the instructions of Wickremesinghe, to politically victimise public officials, Jayasundara said he had merely acted as instructed by higher officials.

By Faadhila Thassim | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 16 2020

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