Tuesday February 16, 2021
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Prison Legislation is being amended to permit Magistrates to go to Police stations to look at the situation of suspects arrested and held in these stations, the Info Division mentioned.
In a press launch issued at present the federal government mentioned the Cupboard of Ministers yesterday permitted amendments to the Code of Prison Process Act 51 of 1979 to permit Magistrates to go to the Police stations at the least as soon as a month.
Police are permitted to carry suspects for various lengths of time relying on the offence. Usually the interval is 24 hours which could be prolonged to 48 with permission from the court docket.
For drug-related offences, it’s seven days and indefinitely on a Detention Order issued by the Ministry of Defence.
Guide to the Ministry of Justice President’s Counsel Udaya-Rohana de Silva instructed EconomyNext that the amendments purpose at curbing any abuse of suspects.
He mentioned that the federal government needs to provide some safety because the process to strategy the Human Rights Fee (HRC) is prolonged. This nonetheless doesn’t stop an aggrieved celebration from approaching the HRC in the event that they really feel they should search redress there.
De Silva additionally mentioned that the Ministry can be proposing that additional amendments be made in order that attorneys representing the suspects can go to them within the police stations to render authorized help.
He mentioned Magistrates are additionally anticipated to go to Remand Prisons of their space of jurisdiction to verify on the welfare of detainees and advocate bail. Nevertheless because of the restrictions imposed because of the Covid 19 epidemic these visits have been restricted. (Colombo, February 16, 2021)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana