Jul 14, 2017

CID still to get Welikada Prison killings report Featured

The CID is yet to be given the report handed over to the government two years ago by a committee that inquired into the murder of 27 inmates at Welikada Prison in November 2012.

Details contained in the report are crucial for taking legal action against the perpetrators of the killings.

No proper order has so far been given, although the police spokesman said in a statement yesterday the IGP has ordered the CID to investigate the incident.

Committee report given to PM

3-member committee handed over its report to the PM

Justice minister of the present government Wijedasa Rajapakshe appointed a committee, headed by retired high Court judge Wimal Nambuwasam and also comprising retired senior DIG Asoka Wijayatilake and retired administrative officer, lawyer S.K. Liyanage to conduct an investigation.
After recording evidence from all the parties concerned, the committee handed over its report to prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on 09 June 2015.

When contacted this morning, minister Rajapakshe told Sri Lanka Mirror that copies of the report were sent to the attorney general and the then IGP N.K. Illangakoon for legal action.

The IGP has only referred certain of committee recommendations to the CID, and accordingly ex-DIG Anura Senanayake and several military officers were interrogated.

The CID in 2013 wrote to the then chief of defence staff Air Marshal Roshan Gunatilake and his successor Gen. Krishantha de Silva asking them to immediately send to the government analyst the firearms connected to the Welikada incident, but so far that had not been done.

Borella police have led an investigation and a magisterial ruling is due soon.

Report to tame opponents?

Lawyer Senaka Perera, convener of people’s collective against Welikada prisoner murders

The people’s collective against Welikada prisoner murders has been repeatedly calling for the publicizing of the committee report.

Its convener, lawyer Senaka Perera said the report has been given to the IGP, but no action has been taken so far.

There is suspicion if this report too, is to be used to tame political opponents, in the same manner such committee reports were used in the past, he said.

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