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Lawyers’ Collective urges AG to prosecute Deshabandu for torture

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Colombo, Jan 05 (Daily Mirror) -  The Lawyers’ Collective, a prominent legal advocacy group in Sri Lanka has urged the Attorney General to immediately prosecute three police officers including Acting IGP Deshabandu Tennakoon for committing the offence of torture in view of the recently delivered Supreme Court judgment.

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court in Sumangala v Bandara and Others, unanimously held that respondents, including the incumbent Acting IGP Deshabandu Tennakoon, Inspector Bathiya Jayasinghe and one Bandara have violated the fundamental rights of a former army soldier to freedom from torture, unlawful arrest and arbitrary administrative action that denied equal protection of the law.

Subsequently, the Supreme Court ordered the National Police Commission (NPC) and other relevant authorities to take appropriate disciplinary action against newly appointed Acting IGP Deshabandu Tennakoon and other police officers.

In a letter to Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam, the Lawyers’ Collective informed that it is the Attorney General’s duty to advice the appropriate authorities to have the Acting IGP interdicted pending investigations, since an impartial investigation cannot be done whilst Deshabandu Tennakoon is functioning as the Acting IGP.

On behalf of the Lawyers’ Collective a group of President’s Counsels including Rienzie Arsecularatne, Upul Jayasuriya, Geoffrey Alagaratnam, Dinal Phillips, Saliya Pieris, Nalin Dissanayake, Prof. Savitri Goonesekere, Prof. Deepika Udagama, Attorneys-at-Law, Manoj Nanayakkara and Amila Mahawatta have signed the letter.


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  • Dirty cop Friday, 05 January 2024 07:28 PM

    Keep fighting this monster till we can put him away.

    Jg Saturday, 06 January 2024 01:16 PM

    So the drug barons can escape.

    Hood Saturday, 06 January 2024 01:24 PM

    More than half of this lawyers collective appearing for Harak kata

    Jagath Ekanaya Friday, 05 January 2024 07:29 PM

    You have the support of the whole nation except for the Ranil rajapaksa criminal syndicate.

    Jail this corrupt cop Friday, 05 January 2024 07:31 PM

    Well done! Wish you guys all the success.

    Gayan Friday, 05 January 2024 08:05 PM

    Saliya Pieris has a conflict of intetest noh?

    Hemantha Saturday, 06 January 2024 12:00 AM

    NO

    Labby Friday, 05 January 2024 09:11 PM

    Another non starter.

    Jude Friday, 05 January 2024 10:12 PM

    This Bandu process lots of dirt on politicians and he can bring down them single handedly if he's fired from his acting IGP post. Therefore, I would say Deshabandu "Untouchable" !!!

    Jayantha Friday, 05 January 2024 10:16 PM

    Good move but it should be done faster before he makes further havoc. The manager of the hotel which was destroyed by police has revealed some information. If the facts are true then it shows that this acting officer is highly corrupt. He says it was done as per the hotel owner nearby and the owner is a high ranking military officer. Looks like the yukthiya has become ayukthiya if the allegations are true. Anyway it is bad for the country to have corrupt and hr violator in top ranking positions. This will be a test for imf jokers too.

    Katak Hora Friday, 05 January 2024 11:34 PM

    “Sri Lankans” at their usual sport. When someone is trying to do a job “ hold hard and pull their legs down”.

    Parana Coat Friday, 05 January 2024 11:35 PM

    Parasites who live on illegally gained wealth

    Punchi Saturday, 06 January 2024 12:30 AM

    When they were torturing our minorities there was no legal recourse for them and it was done with our approval. Now that the torture habitualised police force is doing same to us, we want retribution and justice

    Ram Saturday, 06 January 2024 03:40 AM

    Why not report back to the SC the dereliction of duty and or failure to comply with the SC directions by the AG and Police Commission for the SC to call them and ask for explanations and charge them for contempt of court

    Susil perera Saturday, 06 January 2024 05:00 AM

    Drug money talk for lawyers against deshabandu.

    DD Saturday, 06 January 2024 05:07 AM

    During his acting role, there have been numerous violations of fundamental rights, including torture, unlawful arrest, arbitrary administrative actions, and conflicts of interest. For me, YUKTHIYA is sufficient to prove itself. He is not suitable for the IGP position at all. Let's ensure this puppet receives due process and arrange for his return home with a one-way ticket.

    W E Adhikaram - UK, busy@Paris Saturday, 06 January 2024 05:25 AM

    Justice in Dharmadveepa! delayed and denied.

    sam silva Saturday, 06 January 2024 06:28 AM

    mr.bean the clown, the universal joker succumb to tiran alles threat of leaving the govt. this sissy president need to go. seshabandu should go.

    Dee Saturday, 06 January 2024 07:52 AM

    Can you also do the same for large scale notorious drug lords?

    Wickremasinghe N Saturday, 06 January 2024 08:10 AM

    Very good move by lawyers. The executive doesn't respect the orders of the Court. The People should unite to protect the independence of the Judiciary and change this corrupt system..

    Karen Saturday, 06 January 2024 08:27 AM

    It is very difficult to convince the AG department. They are highly politicize . Any how try much people are there for justice.

    Joshua Saturday, 06 January 2024 08:35 AM

    Does AG have a backbone?

    Hunuma Monday, 08 January 2024 11:53 PM

    No. Only the back

    Buddhist Saturday, 06 January 2024 08:43 AM

    We have the worst Attorney General in the history of Sri Lanka. First, he has to be sent home.

    Gune Saturday, 06 January 2024 08:48 AM

    Isn't the highest court in SL the Supreme Court? If no one gives a damn amount this court's decision, how on earth does this country can operate. I have not seen any politician raising or questionning inaction on this either, nether NPP nor SJB. Why?

    Dishan Chamika Saturday, 06 January 2024 09:10 AM

    We all know who these so called lawyers are.. another drama to undermine real problems that are facing by the common people by giving a topic to pass the time..

    Have they come out of their jitters? Saturday, 06 January 2024 09:47 AM

    What a wonderful nation and what a wonderful era we are living in? The legal pundits are trying hard to protect us from the cruelty of Police - especially IGP Deshbandhu! Where were these legal luminaries, when Gota executed the Rs. 15 billion brown sugar scam and emptied the nation overnight? May be they use only white sugar!

    Kabir Hashim Saturday, 06 January 2024 09:56 AM

    Collective of drug dealers representatives.

    Sivalingam Saturday, 06 January 2024 09:56 AM

    Those appearing for drug dealers have panicked.

    Kandiah Balendran Saturday, 06 January 2024 09:58 AM

    Drug smugglers will need lawyers, good business for lawyers.

    Nm Saturday, 06 January 2024 01:33 PM

    Just think. Some of these Lawyers are appearing for Harak Kata

    dinesh Saturday, 06 January 2024 10:38 PM

    the noose is tightening around the government, time is running out for all the officials who had impunity for so long....what goes around comes around...


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