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By Sandun A. Jayasekera

Police personnel will not be allowed to carry out raids at prisons without the prior approval of the Prison Reforms and Rehabilitation Ministry even if they have a search warrant from the Court, Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara told Daily Mirror.

The Minister added that all prison officers would be body-checked when they reported for duty and barred from carry or using cell phones inside the prison. Meanwhile some 4,000 prisoners convicted of drug offences would also be transferred to prisons in Weerawila, Taldena and Pallebedda.

The the riots could have been avoided if there was better coordination between the police and prison authorities.“Unfortunately, it did not happen and prison authorities were informed about the court warrant after the police arrived at the Welikada prison,” the Minister said.


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  • Ane Anichchan Tuesday, 16 November 2010 04:27 AM

    Will that guarantee future attacks on police personnel?

    Above the crowd Tuesday, 16 November 2010 03:18 PM

    What a cute smile he has.

    Above the crowd Tuesday, 16 November 2010 02:52 PM

    You can do any thing in S L ,but you can't make a man a women, and a woman a man.

    AZ Tuesday, 16 November 2010 11:37 AM

    That should give the prisoners & jailers ample time to hide the drugs

    Rajitha Tuesday, 16 November 2010 11:29 AM

    forget open university. i think law should be made a compulsory subject for school children.

    kugan Tuesday, 16 November 2010 10:26 AM

    why dont annouace from outside the prison and give them couple of hours then raid it.will have a clean prison.

    tissa Tuesday, 16 November 2010 09:00 AM

    Yes Inspector, I fully endorse you

    Ranjith Tuesday, 16 November 2010 08:21 AM

    How about a Federal Solution in Jails?

    Royalist Tuesday, 16 November 2010 07:59 AM

    So now the Minister is bigger than the Court of Law!

    Eagle eye Tuesday, 16 November 2010 07:56 AM

    what a shame I think the DEW has gone into our ministers head and it has got rusty........"raid" has an element of surprise...by the time they get approval the inmates will be given a full pardon and sent home also.......

    pbj Tuesday, 16 November 2010 07:56 AM

    More strength to the inmates of Walikada , who thought the police that they are, even in bare hand, not innocent as varsity students.

    Ruwan Ferdinandez Tuesday, 16 November 2010 06:24 AM

    Agree. Open Univ should not restrict the number.

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Tuesday, 16 November 2010 06:23 AM

    I think the Minister can be held in contempt of court for making such a stupid statement. Once the police have a search warrant, they don't need permission from anyone else.

    modaya Monday, 15 November 2010 06:25 PM

    Better all school student list to his speech to because after school if you go to I university next wellikade. lankawa hondai modayanta .

    Kadira Tuesday, 16 November 2010 04:02 AM

    This is our national pastime.

    Sri Lanakan Tuesday, 16 November 2010 03:26 AM

    Can a Minister (Politician) overrule the court order after it is granted?

    Dushantha Tuesday, 16 November 2010 03:25 AM

    It is not a new thing. If you see the recent past, there were many many occassions that court orders were not carried out.

    Carlyle de Silva Tuesday, 16 November 2010 02:42 AM

    I hope the Minister is not serious when he declares that despite a Search warrant issued according to law & procedure that the enforcement will be blocked at the Prison Gates. Where then is the independence of the Judiciary. Carlyle

    Ruwan Tuesday, 16 November 2010 02:23 AM

    What rubbish is this man saying! This is outrages and is totally unacceptable. If there is a search warrant even the president should not interfere in the search operation. The police need not inform any one before the search is carried out.

    Saradial Tuesday, 16 November 2010 01:43 AM

    Yes its true, even in Open University they restrict the number, but not other programs. Open University should allow all who want to do LLB

    Deepal Monday, 15 November 2010 07:20 PM

    Always a step behind as usual. Get assaulted first. Then set rules and guidelines.

    NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Monday, 15 November 2010 06:59 PM

    These are some of the basic Law points, which every citizen should keep in mind, either to stop him from committing crime or to spread knowledge.

    Angoda Sene Monday, 15 November 2010 06:54 PM

    This is to protect their people, or get the out side thugs out before the Police arrives.There is going to be an other attack SF watch it. Stay away from these protests.All set ups.

    Fair N Square Monday, 15 November 2010 06:50 PM

    Wow ! so the court system is not independent as most of us thought

    NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Monday, 15 November 2010 06:42 PM

    We need - Legal Education For Everyone.


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