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Lawyers demand justice for inmates killed in Welikada prison riot

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Lawyers who identified themselves as Lawyers for Good Governance holding a press conference, today demanded immediate action to be taken against the persons responsible for the Welikada prison riot. The close relatives of the inmates who were killed on the day of the riot were also present at the media briefing.

Attorney-at-Law, Senaka Perera addressing the media mentioned that though committees are being appointed by every government that comes to power, justice has not yet been done.

“What the authorities have done so far is to justify the killings that took place on 9 November 2012. No one is bothered to probe into as why the incident happened and who are responsible,” he said.

Perera further explained that former Secretary to Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa is in fact responsible for almost all the killings, intimidation and other crimes during the past.

“All these acts were carried out with the blessings of the former Secretary to Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa. We are going to lodge a complaint to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) against him,”said Perera.

Leader of the United Socialist Party, Siritunga Jayasuriya expressing his ideas on the incident said that this not the first time that justice has been denied to the people of the country.

“The citizens of this country did not have freedom; the country did not have the democracy. However we expect at least justice will be done regarding the Welikada prison riot.” said Jayasuriya.

He also mentioned that every single killing that took place during the former President’s period should be investigated.  “The wrong doers should be brought before courts and should be given the death penalty for the acts they have done.” he stressed.

Sudesh Nandimal, who was an inmate and also an eye witness at the Welikada prison when the riot took place, revealed that military personnel entered the prison by force and that they started beating selected inmates.

“I am ready to go before any court or commission to testify as to what I saw and what the inmates went through during that time,”he said.

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