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Several police officers interdicted & transferred over death of woman in custody

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Four police officers have been interdicted while three others including two Women Police Constables have been transferred over the death of a 41-year-old female while in Police custody.

The Police Media Division said the deceased, a 41-year-old resident of Badulla, who was employed as a domestic worker at the residence of a film producer, was arrested on the 11th of May.

The arrest was made by the Welikada Police based on a complaint made by the employer of the deceased, claiming that the woman in question had stolen gold jewelry.

According to Police, the woman had briefed about the incident on the 11th of May and later that day was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital after complaining about breathing difficulties.

She succumbed while at the National Hospital. Although the body of the woman was released based on the directive of health authorities following the post-mortem examination, relatives of the woman had raised concerns about the incidents.

Accordingly, a special investigation was launched on the directive of the Inspector General of Police.

During investigations, authorities have uncovered several Police officers had in fact violated several regulations.

Accordingly, four police officers have been interdicted and three others were transferred over the death of the 41-year-old female.

Further investigations are underway to determine additional sanctions on officers who handled the incident.

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Former Minister Ronnie de Mel no more

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Former Minister – Ronnie de Mel has passed away today (27) while being treated at a private hospital, reports say.

He was aged 99 years old.A former civil servant, he was the Minister of Finance from 1977 – 1988 under the United National Party government and holds the record for the largest number of budgets presented by a finance minister.

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NPP to also back NCM against Speaker

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The National People’s Party (NPP) has also decided to back the No Confidence Motion against Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran, Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kieirella, Professor G. L. Peiris, Tissa Attanayake, Chandima Weerakkody, Shan Wijayalal de Silva, and others have signed the motion on behalf of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya and Samagi Jana Alliance.

Meanwhile, Dullas Alahapperuma, the leader of the Freedom People’s Congress has also said that they would back the NCM.

Yesterday (26), the Uttara Lanka Sabhagaya had stated they would back the motion as well. 

The motion cites several reasons, including the Speaker’s failure to appropriately present the amendments proposed by the Supreme Court for the Online Safety Bill before its passage. 

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Muthukumarana to take up Uddika Premarathne’s MP seat

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S.C. Muthukumarana is set to be named to the Parliamentary seat  left vacant after the resignation of Anuradhapura District MP – Uddika Premarathne.

It is reported that the Secretary General of Parliament – Mrs. Kushani Rohanadheera has informed of this to the Election Commission, in accordance with Section 64(1) of the Parliamentary Elections Act No. 1 of 1981.

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