The CID has been accused of violating the rule of law in the country.
Leading prisoner rights group says the CID has acted on “non-existent provisions of the law” in seeking a detention order for a suspect remanded by a court.
Senaka Perera, Attorney-at-Law, Chairman of the Committee to Protect the Rights of Prisoners, made this statement at a media briefing held in Colombo on Wednesday, 16th June.
According to the lawyer, Pallewatta Gamage Chaminda Dilruk, who was arrested recently, by the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court was in remand prison while the CID sought a restraining order.
Attorney-at-Law Senaka Perera called on the police to abide by the law of the land and recalled the recent fate of the detainees.
Attorney-at-Law Senaka Perera recalled how his lawyer had informed the police about the threat to his client’s life and how he had been killed.
Tharaka Dharmakeerthi Wijesekera alias Kosgoda Tharaka, who was in police custody on detention orders, had shot dead the suspect on the same night when Attorney-at-Law Anoj Hettiarachchi informing the IGP in writing about a threat to his life.
Also sometimes ago, Dinith Melon Mabula had been killed while in police custody
The Prisoners’ Rights Protection Committee called on the authorities to take immediate action to end the continuing danger to the lives of detainees.
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) announced last year that eight deaths in police custody had been reported between June and October 2020.
Police have been charged within a month with the deaths of three more people after Tharaka Dharmakeerthi Wijesekera and Dineth Melon Mabula. Those are
D. Sunil Indrajith (49) a father of three, Chandran Vidushan (22), and Mohammad Ali Khan (48) a father of two.