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* Justice Minister appoints 5-member committee to probe Mahara Prison riot
Mon, Nov 30, 2020, 11:20 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 30, Colombo: Minister of Justice, Ali Sabry, President’s Counsel, has appointed a five-member committee to investigate the incident that took place in the Mahara Prison on Sunday, 29 November 2020 and submit a full report including recommendations, Secretary to the Ministry of Justice MMPK Mayadunne informed.

The five-member committee is chaired by retired High Court judge Sarojini Kusala Weerawardena and includes Chief Legal advisor to the Ministry of Justice U. R. De Silva, Additional Secretary (Administration) of the Justice Ministry Rohana Hapugaswatte, DIG Ajith Rohana and former Commissioner of Prisons Gamini Jayasinghe as members.

Additional Secretary to the State Ministry of Prison Reforms and Prisoners’ Rehabilitation Nishan Danasinghe has been appointed as the secretary of the committee.

The committee has been tasked with preparing a report on the facts underlying the incident, the parties responsible, actions to be taken and recommendations to be taken to prevent such incidents.

The Secretary to the Ministry of Justice has informed that the relevant committee should submit an interim report within one week and a complete report with recommendations on short-term and long-term actions to be taken within a month.


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