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Remand prisoners can buy a cell-Frontline Socialist Party says

Special gazette notification issued recently amending earlier gazette notification

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The government had introduced a fresh regulation which enables civil prisoners to secure special accommodation in prisons by making a payment, the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) said.

The Party cited a gazette notification (2288/15) issued on July 12, 2022 which stated that “On the payment of a fee fixed by the Superintendent, any civil prisoner may be permitted by the Superintendent to be placed in exclusive occupation of a room or cell better equipped than an ordinary cell or ward, if such a room or cell is available and the condition of such prisoner warrants the provision of such accommodation.”

The gazette also stated that “with the permission of the Superintendent, any civil prisoner who has been placed in exclusive occupation of a room or cell under paragraph (1) may procure at his expense such furniture for that room or cell as may be approved by the Superintendent.”

frontline Socialist Party Propaganda Secretary Mr. Jagoda said that according to the Gazette notification, if an unconvicted or civil prisoner can make the necessary arrangements in the prison, he/she could arrange for three immediate family or nominated persons to visit him on a weekly basis.

The visiting hours could not exceed fifteen minutes. “Before amending Section 196, the prison granted permission to receive food, clothes, writing papers, and other relevant materials by the prisoner. But with the amendment of the rule, the said facilities are abolished.

“However, under special circumstances on a case by case basis the Superintendent can consider increasing the number of visits, permitting any such prisoner to be visited by a party of more than three of his immediate family or nominated persons, and extending the duration of any visit to more than fifteen minutes.

It was noted that an unconvicted prisoner or civil prisoner should not be entitled to receive any visits on Sundays. Jagoda said the prisoners were ill-treated in the prison and they were slated to remain in the prison cell for nearly 23 hours. Prisoners will get only one hour to remain out of their cells or wards to expose themselves to day light each day for the purpose of exercise. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)


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  • Mike Revere Wednesday, 26 October 2022 07:40 AM

    This sounds like stolen money can even be used in prison for own luxury rather than recaptured for citizens to whom it belongs

    Lank Wednesday, 26 October 2022 08:17 AM

    Create open prisons instead of this ...all civil prisoners should be spared of sentence and instead give them a lot community works for 600 hundred hours or more .. This concept of prison is old ideas and it is out of date until it is updated for the benefit of the country. Every thing is new now and why not introduce some new concept on the prison too

    Cat Curry Wednesday, 26 October 2022 09:10 AM

    July 12th is 3 days after July 9th Aragalaya. Newspaper should have researched further to see if such arrangements conforms to international standards pertaining to Prisons administration.

    Citizen k Wednesday, 26 October 2022 11:28 AM

    Anticipating VIP prisoners to come.Hooray door to corruption big time is open.

    Lost Lankan Wednesday, 26 October 2022 12:02 PM

    Corruption on the rise. Parliament, schools, customs, immigration, Police, Gas and Petrol station, Cemetary and now the prison. Good luck Sri Lanka

    Ram Wednesday, 26 October 2022 12:03 PM

    If I am happy to pay I will be told there are no rooms when one falls vacant I will be moved. Any Politician of their cronies seeking a room that will be made available promptly. This is the meaning of the gazette

    MARTIN MILTON Wednesday, 26 October 2022 03:02 PM

    An absolutely simplistic idea! Now there will be a queue to go to Prison. Also Drug peddlers will be the first to book these! VERY silly idea and move. MM


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