Ministry awaits report on jailed Lankans
say Govt. doing very little
The Foreign Ministry is awaiting a report from the Sri
Lankan High Commission in the Maldives, with regard to the detention
of over 40 Sri Lankans in a Maldivian camp, a Foreign Ministry spokesman
told The Sunday Times.
said the ministry will act on the matter once the report on the
actual status of the jailed Sri Lankans is received at the end of
association of parents and guardians of Sri Lankan prisoners in
the Maldives said the plight of more than 40 Sri Lankans jailed
on various false charges has fallen on the deaf ears of the Sri
the association P. Mudalige, told The Sunday Times that they have
written to the Government on numerous occasions asking it to intervene
on behalf of those jailed in the Maldives but the Government has
shown little interest.
said the Sri Lankan embassy in the Maldives is doing little to see
whether the detainees held in the "Maa Fushi" torture
camp could be released.
that the Maldives Government had jailed the Sri Lankans on false
charges of drug smuggling, murder and rape and that more than 30
of over 40 detainees have been sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment.
working in the Maldives, specially Sri Lankans, are arrested by
police on false charges and are forced to sign a charge sheet for
a crime they have never committed. If anybody refuses to sign the
charge sheet he is beaten until he signs it," a prisoner released
from the torture house is reported to have said.
He said Maldivian
judgments on offences are unfair because the case is handled completely
by the police. The duty of the magistrate is merely to place his
signature to the charge sheet, as he does not hold a trial.
smuggling in the Maldives is considered a serious crime and if a
policeman is able to arrest an offender he gets a promotion. In
addition, the Maldivian Government receives nine dollars daily from
the United Nations for maintenance of a prisoner and this has led
to more arrests on various charges" he said.
him, detainees in the torture house are subject to inhuman torture
throughout the day. At the slightest mistake of a detainee, he is
brutally flogged by the security officers, he said.
of security officers is required to use the toilet, and any detainee
who wants to use it in the night must somersault and do various
other exercises, for at least for an hour. Further once in a few
days some selected detainees are taken to the sea by the police
and held under water every 15 minutes on 4 or 5 days", Mr.
Sri Lankan detainees were released from the "Ma Fushi"
torture house but only three were able to return to Sri Lanka as
the others had been detained again.
Meanwhile a Foreign Employment Bureau official told the The Sunday
Times that a special officer has been sent to the Maldives to explore
the possibilities of getting the Sri Lankan detainees released.
on PM's Oslo meeting report
Parliament is scheduled to debate this week the Prime
Minister's statement on the Oslo aid conference made to the legislature
in early December.
political parties had been seeking a debate on the ongoing peace
process for several months. Two days-January 30 and 31- have been
allocated for the debate.
The Prime Minister's statement to the House in early December covered
the progress of the peace process since the UNF took power in December
2001 and the challenges that lay ahead if the process was to reach
a successful conclusion.
and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (Amendment) Bill and the Citizenship
(Amendment) Bill are also to be taken up for debate on two of the
four sitting days of the legislature this week.
Act is being amended to rectify the anomaly in the existing law
relating to gender discrimination and to afford female parentage
the benefit which now accrues only to the male parentage.
will give the benefit of acquiring the status of a citizen of Sri
Lanka by decent to persons whose mother is also at the time of his
birth a citizen of Sri Lanka.
to the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka Bill will
among others extend the protection granted to investors in respect
of the failure by licensed dealers or brokers to meet their contractual
obligations and also enhance the powers and enlarge the scope of
the duties of the Commission.