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Nov 14, 2016

Good governance in doubt over justice for dead inmates Featured

Lawyers for Democracy says that streets protests should be the norm if the government fails to ensure justice in regard to the deaths of 27 detainees at Welikada prison on 09 November 2012.

Committees appointed by the present and former governments to look into the incident issued reports, but neither has been tabled before parliament, co-convener of the organization Chandrapala Kumarage says.

This casts doubts on the honesty of the present government too, he says, noting the public will lose confidence in good governance.

There are undue delays in dealing with criminals, says Kumarage, noting that some in the present administration too, would be averse to punishment for them.

Meanwhile, journalist Kasun Pussawela says in a letter regarding the inmate deaths, to the president and the prime minister that there is evidence given by eye witnesses that they were listed and chosen to kill.

The government has still not been able to fulfill the promise to look into these killings which was one of the significant promises made by the good government before coming into power.

The deputy Minister of Justice of the’ 100 day government’, Sujeewa Senasinghe, gave the promise to investigate about this when the parents of the killed and civil organizations held a protest demanding justice on the 17th of February, 2015.

When contacted, chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission Prof. Deepika Udagama said the complaint would be looked into and a response made within a few days.

Attempts to reach justice minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa for a comment with regard to inaction over the report failed, BBC Sandeshaya reports.

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