Rights group to complain to NPC

Rights group to complain to NPC

The Committee for Protecting the Rights of Prisoners said they would lodge a complaint, with the National Police Commission, against the reinstatement of Inspector of Police attached to the Police Narcotics Bureau, Neomal Rangajeewa.

Rangajeewa, a suspect who was remanded in the case pertaining to the deaths of 27 prisoners at the Welikada Prison in November 2012, was recently enlarged on bail.

Chairman of the Committee, Attorney-at-Law Senaka Perera, who is representing the interests of the aggrieved party in the case (the families and relatives of the 27 victims), speaking to Ceylon Today, alleged that President Maithripala Sirisena had ordered the Inspector General of Police to reinstate the officer.

He acknowledged that brickbats would come his way for allegedly attempting to deprive a man (a reference to Rangajeewa) of his livelihood.

“The President is protecting suspects in criminal cases and affording them relief and providing them privileges in an ultra vires manner, outside the general norms.

Also, the Attorney General, who represents the Executive branch, filed action in this instance against Rangajeewa, yet the Head of the Executive branch is now reinstating the very person whom the Executive branch filed suit against.

With this kind of interference from Sirisena, can we expect that justice will be fairly meted out to the aggrieved party? We cannot expect a proper prosecution.

This, coupled with Sirisena’s conduct in relation to the protection he is affording the incumbent Chief of Defence Staff and former Navy Commander, who is wanted for arrest in relation to allegedly aiding and abetting the main suspect in the case of the alleged abduction and enforced disappearance of 11 youths from Kotahena in 2008-2009.

This is becoming a trend on the part of Sirisena. This kind of Presidential intervention is an issue as it is not good. He must not interfere. There must be independence,”

Perera further claimed.