Video: Moves to bring prisons under Defence Ministry - Karu

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UNP parliamentarian Karu Jayasuriya said today that he was surprised to hear the Commissioner of Prisons saying that the prisons should be brought under the Defence Ministry.

He said he wondered whether it was a statement made at the request of someone else or whether he did it of his own accord.

“In democratic countries prisons never come under the Defence administration. This kind of thing happens only in dictatorships. In democratic countries prisoners are considered human beings. And they are normally rehabilitated and reintegrated into society as good citizens,” said Mr. Jayasuriya.

He said the prisons and the police services had deteriorated due to politicisation and some notorious criminals had become the confidants of certain politicians.

 “We clearly saw how the present Prisons Commissioner acted to please the people in power. He prevented even MPs from visiting General Sarath Fonseka when he was hospitalised while he was a prisoner. This was a breach of the Prisons Act. Such things have never happened before,” said Mr. Jayasuriya.

He said the Prisons Commissioner should take the responsibility for Friday’s tragedy.

“This is not the only occasion such a thing has happened. Such incidents have been reported from all round the country and this is due to the inefficiency of the administration,” he said.

He said an independent investigation should be carried out in this regard and those responsible should be punished irrespective of their positions. (Ajith Siriwardane)
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  Comments - 20

  • HABEEB UR RAHUMAN Wednesday, 14 November 2012 01:33 AM

    Dear Karu... Dont cry over splitter milk. You are one the reason for strenthning the hands of this Distatorship.

    bruce lee Wednesday, 14 November 2012 08:17 PM

    so? what's wrong with it? Is China not the most powerful country in the world? Is China not funding all the failed states in the western hemisphere?

    Ukkubanda Wednesday, 14 November 2012 09:41 AM

    With immediate effect bring all island wide prisons under control of MOD, that is the one & only ministry can do something better for tommorow. Mr. KJ pl stay away from good decisions.

    Imran Hussein Wednesday, 14 November 2012 09:42 AM

    and the Judiciary and perhaps Sathosa, CTB, Pineapple and Peanut vendors as well, later.

    Samantha Wednesday, 14 November 2012 09:46 AM

    I think we are on our way to this scenario; this is just another step. Like Pakistan and Thailand, anytime a civilian administration becomes assertive we will have a military coup.

    Imran Hussein Wednesday, 14 November 2012 09:45 AM

    Very true and he can double the charges and make sum more bucks, after all thats what they want.

    Darren Wednesday, 14 November 2012 04:10 AM

    Prisoners are humans. ane paw.Innocent peace loving people living out side prison are all inhumane ane.Feelk sorry for the innocent prisoners who were punished for chopping and killing people.paw ane.

    renu Wednesday, 14 November 2012 04:21 AM

    Bring the Public Lavatories under Ministry of Defence, those are the only ones not under these guys

    Sandy Wednesday, 14 November 2012 04:37 AM

    Everything under the Army Boot -getting to be more and more like China.

    resplednat Wednesday, 14 November 2012 04:47 AM

    The point the commissioner made is that the jails are corrupt beyond reasonable control and just like in the US when they call the national guard, a powerful entity is required for the cleansing. I also see the counter point.

    If everyone a body goes out of control if you call the defence, there will soon be only one ministry left. Right now, as the jailers seem to be corrupted, I think this would be a wise move at least temoprary

    usaguy Wednesday, 14 November 2012 04:47 AM

    I think all govt departments and board should be brough under the defence ministry and dismantle all other ministries and fire all the ministers and the staff. We will have more money to develop the country and bring down the cost of living of te masses.

    Dave Tuesday, 13 November 2012 05:14 PM

    Sure, bring everything under defence. There were few fights in schools recently. So, bring the education under defence too.

    pj Tuesday, 13 November 2012 05:28 PM

    “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
    ― Nelson Mandela -

    DrMentor Wednesday, 14 November 2012 05:57 AM

    The defence ministry should be prisoned. lol

    dilur Wednesday, 14 November 2012 06:09 AM

    Dear Karu,
    Whether its right or wrong, our opinion no longer respected by anyone, and you are one of the betraters of the democracy and unp.

    Dunya Wednesday, 14 November 2012 06:29 AM

    When such raids take place from time to time. no need to talk about capital punishment

    P.S Wednesday, 14 November 2012 04:55 PM

    Oh ! Karu not again !! You are a Joke !! You are wasting our time !! Will you join the TNA or JVP NEXT !!!

    simple mind Wednesday, 14 November 2012 05:02 PM

    No, getting to be more like 1984 by George Orwell.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 14 November 2012 07:21 AM

    This is just the beginning - very soon, all activities in this country will be under the Defence Ministry. If and when the jails are brought under the Defence Ministry, there is no need to re-introduce the death sentence - because that aspect of the operation will automatically be taken care of by them.

    speedTrain Wednesday, 14 November 2012 12:29 AM

    Good thinking there are more criminals in defence ministry then in prions.


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