2nd committee appointed to probe prison assault
A three member committee has been appointed to probe the inhumane assault on inmates reported within the Angunakolapelessa prison compound.
The committee comprises of of three administratve officers.
Speaking during a media briefing held yesterday Minister of Justice and Prison reforms Thalatha Athukorala said the committee was appointed in addition to the committee appointed under the leadership of Prisons Commissioner General Thushara Upuldeniya.
The Minister meanwhile extended apologies to the families of the detainees assaulted at the prison premises on behalf of the government, whilst also noting that all persons found to be guilty of involvement in the assault would face the law regardless of their post or position.
CCTV footage purportedly captured from within the Angunakolapelessa Prison revealed a group clad-in uniforms of prisons officers, assaulting inmates was released to media on Wednesday.
General Secretary of the Committee for Protecting the Rights of Prisoners Sudesh Nandimal Silva said the video was taken when a group of prisons officials assaulted the inmates on the 22nd of November last year.
General Secretary Nandimal Silva said a complaint was lodged with the Criminal Investigations Department while he also threatened to take the matter internationally if authorities failed to take action on the incident.