Some politicians on remand haven’t even entered the prison premises:
Former Convener of the Inter-University Student Federation (IUSF) Udul Premaratne said that when a patient was admitted he should go to his respective prison because they were divided among the respective Police offices and courts.
“For example if a prisoner is sent to the Colombo Remand Prison (CRP) firstly he should go in and get his number, get registered and a jailer should put him in prison. Then if he has some illness he should inform the authorities and then the prison officers should inform the doctors on duty and get him checked. Then it is the doctor’s duty to send him to general hospital if he is in a life-threatening condition.
“But it is highly unlikely that somebody encounters such a situation except if he meets with an accident. Also if he has a life-threatening condition then the Magistrate will never imprison him and the Magistrate can directly order the prisoner to get admitted to hospital.
“On the other hand if the illness is not life-threatening then the judge would give an order to admit him to the prison hospital. But if we take Basil Rajapaksa, he has not even entered the CRP but as soon as he came he was taken to the prison hospital.
“This is illegal because without a doctor’s order there is a problem as to how a jailer took him in. The regulation says that without a doctor’s or a Magistrate’s order no prisoner can be taken in like that.
When in the prison hospital a Judcial Medical Officer’s (JMO) report is called for, but for this sometimes doctors are changed. “Ravi Wettasinghe is a person who was in the prison hospital until he was given bail. During the New Year he was sent to the general hospital. He has even given a donation to buy paint and whitewash the prison hospital premises. So, this is bribing in broad daylight. Nobody can be in the prison hospital like that.
“Musheen is another person who was sentenced to prison. He is being given insulin among many others and is in the prison hospital. Saliya Wickramasuriya has not even seen the prison premises. At the moment he is also in the prison hospital. These people directly get admitted to the prison hospital when normal people find it very difficult to even buy a small tablet.”