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Agunukolapelessa Prison Incident

Committee to table report on Prison assault

The Committee appointed to investigate the assault incident reported within the Angunakolapelessa Prison Premises on the 22nd of November is due to present its report to Court and Minister of Justice Thalatha Athukorala today.

Spokesman of the Ministry said the report will be handed over to Minister Athukorala this afternoon.

The committee was appointed under the leadership of the Commissioner General of Prisons Thushara Upuldeniya.

Accordingly the committee recorded statements from several factions within the prisons premises pertaining to the
matter.

Court and the Minister of Justice previously issued directives to the committee to present the report before today.

CCTV footage purportedly captured from within the Angunakolapelessa Prison revealed a group clad-in uniforms of prisons officers, assaulting inmates was released to media last Wednesday.

General Secretary of the Committee for Protecting the Rights of Prisoners Sudesh Nandimal Silva speaking to NewsRadio 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.


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