Magistrate warns Officers to take care of suspects

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Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday sternly warned the Prison Authority Officers to provide necessary attention to the suspects, who were brought to be produced before the court, as there was a complaint that suspects Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena had not received lunch or water till their case was taken up.

At the end of the Magisterial Inquiry into the bond issue, the Counsel who appeared for Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena informed the Fort Magistrate that their clients had not received their mid-day meals or water for the entire day, while they were at the courthouse.
The Counsel said the suspects were brought into the Court House in the morning despite the case being taken up in the afternoon.

When questioned by the Magistrate, both suspects said they received breakfast at 6.00 a.m. and were brought to the court with other suspects in the morning and since then they did not receive lunch or water till the case was taken up at 1.40 p.m.

Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne was seemingly unhappy about the incident and called all the suspects, who were inside the court cell at the time and inquired about it.

However, when a senior officer of the Prisons Department was questioned by the Magistrate, he said that meal packets were already given to other suspects. However, the meals for Arjun and Palisena arrived after the bond case had been taken up.

“Therefore the other suspects were given the meals, except Aloysius and Palisena,” he said.

Subsequently, Fort Magistrate observing the importance of providing the basic human needs even to a suspect, sternly warned the Prisons Department Officers to prevent such incidents happening again, as it was inappropriate and unacceptable and directed to provide the suspects with meals immediately. (Shehan Chamika Silva)

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  • stardust Thursday, 19 July 2018 09:11 PM

    the supply by the 5-star hotel was late via DM Android App

    damithw Friday, 20 July 2018 01:33 AM

    Man got 5 SIMS ,but No Water/Food.. Paw ..

    Ram Friday, 20 July 2018 02:40 AM

    Meals for Aloysius and Palisena arriving late give me the indication that they get a meal different from others, may be something special!!

    andycap Friday, 20 July 2018 03:43 PM

    Good observation... i agree

    Krishnaraja Friday, 20 July 2018 04:29 AM

    We need people like this as Magistrates. Lot of you would disagree with me but I must say a female Magistrate,there are lot of them,normally would not have the courage to challenge the Prison officers let alone the Police officers in a similar or worse situation.

    Tax Payer Friday, 20 July 2018 06:34 AM

    Do the James Bond suspects deserve lunch?

    Cobra Friday, 20 July 2018 08:43 AM

    Oh, but they do with cells phones and SIM cards!!!

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Friday, 20 July 2018 08:53 AM

    IT IS NOT ACCEPTED IF ANYONE KEPT HUNGRY WITHOUT GIVING FOOD UNDER CUSTODY. . ALSO WE HAVE TO THINK SO MANY SRI LANKAN WORKERS WILL LOOSE THEIR MEALS BECAUSE OF THIS PUBLIC FUND IS BEING PICKED BY THIS BOND DEAL AS THIS SUSPECT ARJUN ALOYSIUS TRY TO INCREASE HIS WEALTH.

    dulan Friday, 20 July 2018 09:18 AM

    Why all these negative comments about people who give bribes and no action on 4 MPs and more who has got caught taking bribes! One is to be rewarded with a Ministry

    jayantha Friday, 20 July 2018 03:03 PM

    meals for Arjun and Palisena Special Meal?

    Upul Friday, 20 July 2018 05:25 PM

    Why do these crooks complain about one delayed meal? The money you have stolen will keep some families without meals for days.


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