TULF calls for Kalutara inquiry

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 January 2000, 11:21 GMT]
The Secretary General of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), Mr.R.Sampanthan, has requested the President Chandrika Kumaratunga to order an impartial inquiry into the incident resulting in the death of one Tamil prisoner and injuries to several other Tamil prisoners at Kalutara prison on Thursday.

Mr.Sampanthan in a letter to the President states that the Kalutara prison has been a hotbed of tension over a long period. This has been largely because a large number of Tamil prisoners have been held in detention for long periods of time; in some instances extending to several years, without investigations against them being completed and or charges being framed against them in court in court.

He further states:

"You will appreciate that it is a fundamental human right that any person in custody should be either called upon to face trial in court, or be released from custody within a reasonable period of time.

"The Committee appointed by you to deal with unlawful arrests and harassment decided that the Police should complete and submit to the Attorney General before January 31-all investigation reports in respect of all persons taken into custody prior to 1999, and that the Attorney General should wherever he decides to do so, file indictments in court before 28th February, 2000. It was also decided by the Committee that persons in custody against whom such action was not taken would have to be released.

"While the Committee would no doubt follow up this matter, I would request your Excellency to issue directions that even in the case of persons arrested in 1999, investigations be concluded expeditiously, so that the Attorney General can make a determination one way or the other even in regard to such persons.

"I would also urge that an impartial inquiry into the incident which happened yesterday be held at the earliest by an Independent person.

"The frequency of such incidents at the Kalutara prison would seem to suggest that the relationship between the prison authorities at Kalutara and particularly the Tamil prisoners has deteriorated over a period of time.

"I would also urge that the Inquiry makes a determination as to circumstances under which one Tamil prisoner came by his death and several others were injured and as to whether any one and if so who is culpable in that regard.

"I would also urge that the Inquiry also address the question of what further arrangements and adjustments are necessary to further improve the administration of the Kalutara prison, so that such incidents can be avoided in the future."


Related Articles:
22.06.98   Political detainees to begin protest fast
24.04.98   Kalutara prison inquiry concludes
23.03.98   Kalutara prisoners begin fast unto death
16.12.97   Amnesty calls for inquiry into Kalutara murders
14.12.97   Kalutara survivors vow to continue fast unto death
13.12.97   Jail attack was planned - survivors
12.12.97   Three Tamil prisoners killed by Sinhala inmates
29.11.97   Riot police smashed prison protest

 

Latest 15 Reports
20.06.18 11:52  
Wigneswaran's secretary accuses SL Presidential Secretariat of dodging land release in North
19.06.18 18:33   Photo
SL military stationed in 6,275 acres of public and private lands in Vaakarai, Batticaloa
18.06.18 23:05  
Occupying SL Police in Jaffna again blamed for dodging action on criminal policemen
17.06.18 23:51   Photo
SL policemen fire to kill Tamil man at Church premises in Mallaakam, Jaffna
16.06.18 20:31  
US naval, seismic partnerships with genocidal Sri Lanka bring miseries to Eezham Tamils in Trincomalee
15.06.18 21:07   Photo
Swiss ruling, a precedent-setting victory for Right of Self-Determination oriented freedom fighters
14.06.18 20:03  
Only an international investigation would establish truth on enforced disappeared
13.06.18 22:37   Photo
Colombo schemes Sinhala military-led industrialisation of KKS exploiting geopolitics
12.06.18 19:49   Photo
Mannaar mass grave could be from early 1990s, shocking details emerge
11.06.18 14:38  
Sirisena yet to revoke Gazette notification of Colombo's seizure of Champoor lands
10.06.18 19:14  
Tamil families caught in dilemma of transferring lands in Seruvila, Trincomalee
09.06.18 19:04  
SL military attempts to rout out Tamil shop owners in Ampaa'rai village
08.06.18 18:17  
131 Sinhala Buddhist installations crop up in North after 2009: NPC
07.06.18 13:56   Photo
Encroaching Sinhala monk receives official recognition from SL Archaeology Department
06.06.18 18:13  
Occupying SL military forged land documents with fake signatures: landowners
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=4485