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Police torture : 200 complaints

19JUL2005
BBC Sinhala


Nearly 200 complaints on torture and killing in police custody within a year .

Sri Lanka’s police chief is not cooperating with the authorities to investigate complaints against police officers, the National Police commission (NPC) said.

NPC chairman Ranjith Abeysuriya, PC, said the commission does not have powers to investigate complaints against police officers.

“We expect the police department to conduct internal inquiries on complaints. But unfortunately, we do not get sufficient support from the senior police officers.”

1327 complaints

Addressing a press conference in Colombo after publishing the first ever annual report of the NPC, the chairman said the commission cannot visit police stations to conduct investigations like national Human Rights Commission (HRC).

There has recently been a significant increase on complaints of killing and torture in police custody.


NPC says police chief is not cooperative on investigations

According to the report, NPC has received 199 complaints on torture and killings in custody last year.

There have been 1327 complaints against the police altogether, Abeysuriya said.

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) earlier demanded the police chief investigate the incompetence of police to find culprits of a massacre in which dozens of Tamil youths burnt to death by mobs in 2000.

Bindunuwewa

AHRC Executive director Basil Fernando called for the resignation of Inspector General of Police (IGP) if he fails to open a new enquiry into the police conduct on Bindunuwewa massacre.

Ranjith Abeysuriya said the country’s democracy is in a crisis due to inaction by the authorities to implement the 17 amendment to the constitution.

“There is no functional Constitutional Council (CC) at the moment.”

The NPC chairman was of the view that the judicial affairs are effectively disturbed and crime rate is rapidly increasing as a result.


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