Denied visiting rights on Independence Day Prisoner’s wife complains to HRCSL

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By 2018-02-14

BY Kaushi Sendanayaka

The wife of a key witness to the 2012 Welikada Prison incident has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) regarding the deprivation of her right to visit her husband at the Magazine Prison in Colombo, during the open visit allowed in connection with Independence Day.

Prisoner Senarath Bandula Liyanarachchi's wife Shamila Bueque lodged the complaint on 6 February. Liyanarachchi was transferred from the Anuradhapura Prison to Colombo overnight and then to the Angunakolapelessa Prison earlier on Independence Day.

She had initiated a protest in front of the Magazine Prison by sitting on the road until 8.45 p.m. on 4 February until she was dismissed by the Secretary of the Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms promising her that he would look into her complaint.

On 12 February, Bueque was sent to the Prison Headquarters by the Secretary and had discussed the matter with Commissioner General of Prisons H.M.N.C. Dhanasinghe. However, she alleges that due regard was not given to her complaint.

Speaking to Ceylon Today, Bueque threatened that she would, in the near future, reveal to the media, with evidence all acts of bribery, mismanagement, and arbitrary acts committed by the Prison authority and Police officers with regard to its inmates.

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