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.