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All 18 members of the clergy behind bars  are governed by the prisons ordinance All 18 members of the clergy behind bars are governed by the prisons ordinance
Jun 19, 2018

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Eighteen members of the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islamic clergy are presently behind bars, says the Centre for Human Right, Sri Lanka, noting that all of them should be treated equally as per provisions in the prisons ordinance.

They comprise 15 Buddhist monks and a Christian, Hindu and Islamic priest each.

They are found guilty of murder, rape, robbery, rioting and conspiring against the state.

The Hindu priest was sentenced over an attempt on the life of former president Chandrika Kumaratunga.

The CHR has found that all 18 of them are serving time as per provisions of the prisons ordinance which deals with their food, clothing, visitors and each given a number.

If members of the clergy sent to prison need to be given special treatment, parliament has the powers to formulate new laws, it says.

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