Late night prison visit questioned

By J. A. L. Jayasinghe

A late-night visit to the Welikada Prisons by a government official has sparked a protest from prison officials. On Friday night, Deputy Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Vijith Wijeyamuni Zoysa called at the prison to meet two men who are under a death sentence and a former Member of Parliament in remand custody.

The Sunday Times learns that prison officials have lodged a protest with the authorities over the visit. The Deputy Minister had met the two convicts and ex-MP Chandana Kathiarachchi, who was remanded last week in connection with a murder case in Piliyandala.

According to prison regulations, Ministers and MPs may visit the prison only between 5.30 am and 5.30 pm. Prisons Department spokesman Kenneth Fernando told the Sunday Times that only the Secretary of the newly formed Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Ministry could comment on the matter. The Secretary was not available for comment.

Top to the page  |  E-mail  |  views[1]
SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
Other News Articles
NAM considers move to challenge Ban
GSP Plus suspension will cost Lanka Rs. 570 billion a year
Budget passed: bottle thrown at Ranil
UNP committee proposes sweeping party reforms
UNP, JVP plan major protests
Fonseka can’t go to Nairobi
Probe commission will go to the people
10 hour operation and new lease of life
Late night prison visit questioned
Army called in as mob takes on police
Sigiriya toilet fund to be used for conservation
IGP fails to carry out SC order
Businessman challenges “traffic police tyranny”
Budget 2010 sees surplus talks and relief deficits
Pick of Parliament speeches
Indian team to discuss 50,000 houses scheme for IDPs
TNA leaders in India for key talks
US and SL to address Worker Rights: A new beginning?
Begging the big question: Why kill beggars?
Police probing undercurrents behind body dumped in sea
Unions vow protests after budget dashes pay hopes
Canal transport to expand
Flour price bites into short eats
Parliament vs president: political turmoil deepens in Maldives
When Ambassador Amerasinghe upset the Egyptians
Ban demands ‘a pound of flesh’. Is this a fair trial?


Reproduction of articles permitted when used without any alterations to contents and a link to the source page.
© Copyright 2010 | Wijeya Newspapers Ltd.Colombo. Sri Lanka. All Rights Reserved.| Site best viewed in IE ver 6.0 @ 1024 x 768 resolution