Newly appointed Acting Prisons Commissioner General Rohana Pushpakumara said the fair use of Prisons Hospital facilities would be available for every inmate irrespective of their background and the prison hospital was the privy of VIPs sentenced of remanded for various offences.
Mr. Pushpakumara assumed duties as the Acting Commissioner General of Prisons succeeding former Commissioner General Chandraratne Pallegama who was appointed Commandant of the Civil Defense Force last week.
Mr. Pushpakumara told the Daily Mirror there was a trend at present where high-profiled individuals who were impose a jail sentence or ordered to be remanded sought the refuge in the Prison Hospital.
Most of the VIPs were often directed to the Prison Hospital by the Judges who have remanded or sentenced them following appeals submitted by their attorneys.
“But the same privileges should be provided to regular inmates who are languishing in jail for years while suffering from various illnesses like tuberculosis and blood pressure,” Mr. Pushpakumara said.
He had earlier served as Human Resources Commissioner in the Prisons Department and appointed as the Acting Commissioner General by the Justice Ministry Secretary until Cabinet approves a permanent appointment.
Comments - 15
Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 13 February 2015 09:43 PM
Even Tissa Attanayake was given VIP treatment inside the Prison Hospital, this is funny.... He just enjoyed a weeks holiday.
Veda-mama Saturday, 14 February 2015 05:54 AM
What ever said and done, ALL VIPs admit themselves to the Prison Hospital the moment they are remanded.
Bandara Saturday, 14 February 2015 06:58 AM
In Sri Lanka there are two kinds of remand places. One is the normal remand intended for the poor and powerless. The other remand is the first class remand intended for the rich and the powerful. I think this is reasonable. The rich and the powerful should not be asked to stay in normal remand. it is unfair. I think we should construct a special prison also for them with air-conditioners, wifi access, swimming pools for them.
sam silva Saturday, 14 February 2015 07:44 AM
This is a lie Mr Acting Commissioner. Every politician, senior businessman that was arrested never stayed in the prison- always the prison hospital. Some even managed the general hospital merchant ward.Tissa Atanayaka, SB, Lalith KotalawalaOnly Gen Sarath Fonseka stayed in the prisonWe challenge the acting commissioner- there are a few politicians/ reationss to be arrested the next few montths. Will you put them in the prison or the hospital?
adam Saturday, 14 February 2015 05:26 PM
Before judges direct VIPs to prison hospitals, judges should direct them to be examined by independent health officials.
ANTON Saturday, 14 February 2015 08:14 AM
BUT THE SUPER FACILITIES OF THESE HOSPITALS ARE ONLY FOR VIPS.......VERY IDIOTIC PEOPLE.
Herby Padmaperuma. Saturday, 14 February 2015 08:17 AM
IT WAS THE JUDGES, PRISON OFFICIALS AND THE RICH CONCOCTED EXERCISE TO HAVE SELECTED AND PRIVILEGED PRISONERS ONLY, TO BE WARDED AT THE PRISON HOSPITAL., WHERE THESE INMATES BRIBE THE PHYSICIANS AND THE STAFF AND OBTAIN ALL PRIVILEGES, WHICH THEY GET AT HOME. SO WHO SPENDS FOR THEIR PRISON LUXURY ? IT IS THE GENERAL PUBLIC. JUDGES SHOULD OBVIOUSLY KNOW THIS RUSE, INFLUENCED ON THEM BY THE LAWYERS REPRESENTING RICH PRISONERS. EVERY TIME A RICH MAN IS REMANDED HE FALLS ILL AND THE JUDGE SENDS HIM TO PRISON HOSPITAL.THIS RUSE MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY. DEPRIVING THE RICH, SEND THE ORDINARY PRISONERS FOR THEIR LEGITIMATE HOSPITAL.OR THIS NEWLY LIBERATED WILL WAGE A PEACEFUL WAR AGAINST THE JUDGES.
Veda-mama Saturday, 14 February 2015 08:45 AM
You hit the Bullseye. It will be extremely difficult to name a VIP who has not been admitted to Prison Hospital when remanded. They all fall sick the very moment they are sentenced.
Upul Gunawardena Friday, 13 February 2015 11:53 PM
To be fair to everybody, build prison hospitals instead of prisons. Then, all convicts should be sent to those prison hospitals to serve their time.
democratic Silva Saturday, 14 February 2015 12:02 AM
I request the Governor to order more beds as very shortly the prison will be filled by politicians who robbed us over the years.
Voice Saturday, 14 February 2015 12:12 AM
Once they are in prison they are not VIPs. So how come they enjoy all these privileges like they are at home. Law cannot be interpreted in different ways. Seems like the same thing continuing. Hope people will understand this bitter truth and act accordingly.
Nadukaraya Saturday, 14 February 2015 08:59 PM
Mr. President, build more prison hospitals around the country closer to each police station, so when a person is remanded until they are tried and released/sent to jail the remand time can be spent in the comfort inside a hospital. Every citizen should get equal opportunity (I know equal opportunity is only fount in some capitalist countries like USA and UK). Future remand prisoners will go through medical check up, eat healthy food, do weight losing work out and/or for ladies beauty enhancement programs, participate in sports and recreations.
muwi Friday, 13 February 2015 08:41 PM
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truth Friday, 13 February 2015 08:50 PM
So you are saying the same......"Most of the VIPs were often directed to the Prison Hospital by the Judges who have remanded or sentenced them following appeals submitted by their attorneys"“But the same privileges should be provided to regular inmates who are languishing in jail for years while suffering from various illnesses like tuberculosis and blood pressure,”what u r saying.. VIPs will be at prison hospital directly from home.. It is home out of home for them. For others, when they are sick only.. Nothing new in your statement.
Randy Perera Saturday, 14 February 2015 02:46 AM
What a lucky Country. VIP Criminals get Special Treatment, What a Joke.
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