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Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorala has apparently put more effort into finding those who were involved in leaking the CCTV visuals of prison officers assaulting inmates at the Angunakolapelessa Prison rather than taking action against the officials who were involved in the inhumane assault.

Addressing a press briefing in Colombo yesterday, Ms. Athukorala warned that whoever leaked the visuals will be found and action taken against them.

"Whoever leaked the CCTV visuals, has to be working inside the prison. We will conduct an inquiry to find out who it was," the minister said.

She also criticised members of the Committee for Protecting Rights of Prisoners (CPRP) for releasing the visuals to the media, creating a controversy, without handing them over to the ministry.

The CCTV visuals of prison officers assaulting inmates on November 22, 2018, that have gone viral on social media and were released on Wednesday (16) by the CPRP. Before holding a media conference, the CPRP had lodged a complaint with the CID and handed over a DVD copy of the visuals to them, demanding a criminal inquiry and prosecution of the prison officials involved in the assault.

Amidst pressure mounting on the Ministry of Prison Reforms from local and international parties, the minister addressed the media yesterday to make a statement with information received so far on the incident.

She explained that there had been a chain of incidents that had taken place inside the Angunakolapelessa Prison before the November 22nd assault took place.

According to her, a group of prison officers had gone to a prison ward to settle an ongoing dispute between inmates who had then confronted the prison officers and attempted to hold them captive.The alarm was raised that a revolt was taking place and prison officers who rushed to the spot had taken the inmates out and allegedly beaten them, scenes of which were depicted in the video that was shown on social media," Minister Athukorala said.

She further said in addition to the three-member committee appointed on Wednesday, another three-member committee was appointed yesterday (17) by her to inquire into the assault on prisoners and the report of the second committee will be released on January 25. (Piyumi Fonseka)

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  • Hari M Friday, 18 January 2019 07:08 AM

    Already the police refuses to take action telling us that they cannot be dragged to courts 100 times for trivial cases ( including sword attacks in jaffna) and now we want the convicted to have a luxury life in prison. We copy the west liberally and blindly without understanding the implications on the rights of law abiding citizens who are terrorised by these criminals. Who looks after the rights of the innocents who become a victim of this criminals? Last week in Jaffna an officer who went to check the illegal sand mining was driven at by the sand miners in the lorry. One died and 4 injured. Where is CPRP in protecting the officers or the land owners who are terrorized by these criminals?

    Perumal Friday, 18 January 2019 09:21 AM

    You need not waste so many words. What is this incident compared to killing of prisoners in cold blood in the Welikada Prisons by STF Personnel? Why don't you talk about that incident which was far more serious and atrocious

    Hari Mani Friday, 18 January 2019 10:42 AM

    Perumal, read the article first, instead of blindly commenting. And please make an attempt to watch the video which is on YouTube. This is not Welikada, this happened in November 22, 2018.

    Jude Friday, 18 January 2019 02:25 PM

    Prisoners getting assaulted by Prison Guards nothing to worry about!!! Angunukolapalassa center is NOT a place where tourists or patients stay, it's a Priiiiison!! Where convicted criminals housed!!! These criminals get very lenient sentences for major crimes due to outdated Penal Code !!??


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