DNA to file FR

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By Jamila Najmuddin

Democratic National Alliance (DNA) members will file a fundamental rights petition in the Supreme Court against their alleged unlawful arrest and detention by the Galle Police recently.

DNA MP Vijitha Herath who was one of the three DNA members who was arrested said his party’s lawyers would soon file the FR petition in order to seek justice against their alleged unlawful abuse by the police.

Herath added that he, along with party members Ajith Kumara and Nalin Hewage had also lodged two complaints at the Police Headquaters in Colombo today urging the police to conduct an impartial investigation.

The first complaint is against the Galle Police assaulting members of the DNA while taking part in an anti government protest in the area on August 12 and the second is against the police constables who allegedly assaulted Members of Parliament while being in custody at the Galle police station.

“We handed over our complaint to senior police officers at the Police Headquaters and have urged for an impartial inquiry. We will also file an FR at the Supreme Court against the Galle Police. It is our right to take part in protests. The police cannot assault anyone, especially those who are Members of Parliament,” Herath told Daily Mirror online.

A tense situation broke out in Galle on August 12 as the DNA staged a protest against the government demanding the release of their leader Sarath Fonseka. DNA members, Vijitha Herath, Nalin Hewage and Ajith Kumara were later arrested by the police. (Daily Mirror online) 

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  • Minister Thursday, 19 August 2010 08:14 AM

    We support you

    Yeti Thursday, 19 August 2010 11:50 AM

    A shame that MR did not instruct the IGP to look in to the safety of the DNA protesters as he did re the IRD guys!!

    viajes petra Wednesday, 22 December 2010 06:55 AM

    Useful info. Hope to see more good posts in the future.
    viajes petra

    saman Thursday, 19 August 2010 08:32 AM

    Will that every happen ? Is this the first time this happened ?

    Nishantha De silva Thursday, 19 August 2010 08:38 AM

    Who have FR in Sri Lanka now...?

    Edwardo Baltazar Thursday, 19 August 2010 09:07 AM

    When Wimal Weerawansa assualted the DIG in front of UN office no action was taken against him.....

    Laurie E de Mel Friday, 20 August 2010 11:43 AM

    Keep reminding Sri Lankans

    Laurie E de Mel Friday, 20 August 2010 11:46 AM

    Well said

    DON Thursday, 19 August 2010 02:34 PM

    Ohh come on Nishantha- Have you forgotten MR family and goons of UPFA .All rights are granted to them only

    Desiboy Thursday, 19 August 2010 03:01 PM

    Maybe people in Galle should file a FR petition agains These political goons for disrupting their lives by staging protests in the middle of the city.

    Sara Thursday, 19 August 2010 10:14 AM

    Useless dear this is the Mihin era

    thusi Thursday, 19 August 2010 10:32 AM

    What for......For disrupting the public & destroying public property..

    Ruwan Ferdinandez Thursday, 19 August 2010 10:51 AM

    Do you know what is the International court is for?

    Ruwan Ferdinandez Thursday, 19 August 2010 11:05 AM

    The police couldn't resist perhaps, he looks like a good punch bag.

    malkanthi Thursday, 19 August 2010 07:37 AM

    There are many fundamental rights petitions piled up in the Supreme Court, why not submit in an International Court instead, at least there will be some voice?!!

    Wasantha Thursday, 19 August 2010 07:41 AM

    Need to teach a good lesson to cops who dance for the tune of politicians .


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