The Police last week said that it was up to Minister of Justice Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, as the appointing authority of the Committee of Inquiry into the Prison Incident 2012 (CIPI) which inquired into the 2012 Welikada Prison riot to publish and release the said Committee’s report.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Priyantha Jayakody further added that the said report could contain a variety of recommendations with regard to whether further investigations were required and what action should be taken.
The recommendations could also touch on whether there were lapses or malpractices in the judicial process (In 2012 a judicial and magistrate inquiry took place and there were conclusions reached) and investigations process, he remarked, adding that there could also be recommendations pertaining to preventing such from recurring in the future.
First, the report must be put out in its entirety, following which parts of the report could be handed over to various agencies, he explained, adding that the Police had thus far not received the report or any aspect of it.
A writ of mandamus demanding that the said report should be released to the public is yet to be filed in the Court of Appeal by the Collective against the killing of Prisoners, inmates and detainees of the Welikada Prison and the petitioners will include the trio of former political prisoner and eyewitness to the Welikada Prison massacre in 2012 and Convener of the People’s Collective Against the Killing of Prisoners, Inmates and Detainees of the Welikada Prison, Sudesh Nandimal, father of slain prisoner Nirmala Atapattu (R 2350) and Chairman of the People’s Collective Against the Killing of Prisoners, Inmates and Detainees of the Welikada Prison, Attorney-at-Law Senaka Perera.
A three-member Committee, chaired by retired High Court Judge, Wimal Nambuwasam, was appointed by Dr. Rajapakshe to look into and investigate the state- sponsored killings which claimed the lives of 27 prisoners on November 09, 2012 and November 10, 2012.
Dr. Rajapakshe was not available for a comment.