Fresh probe into Welikada riots
CIPI report handed over to IGP:
The report on the 2012 Welikada prison riots has been handed over to
the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to launch fresh criminal
investigations into the incident, Minister of Justice, Wijeyadasa
Rajapakshe told the Sunday Observer.
The Committee of Inquiry into the Prison Incident 2012 (CIPI),
appointed by Rajapakshe in January this year, to inquire into the 2012
November Welikada prison incident, recommended that a special team of
investigators, under the direct command of the IGP, initiate fresh
criminal investigations into the incident, with special focus on alleged
violations corresponding to torture and matters that constitutes
offences under section 162 of the penal Code.
The investigation was recommended with a view to identifying and
dealing with public servants who have disobeyed the direction of the law
which constitute the offences.
The Committee, headed by retired Supreme Court Judge Wimal Nambuwasam,
and comprising retired DIG Asoka Wijetillake, retired administrative
official and attorney S.K. Liyanage, handed over its report to Prime
Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in early June.
Asked whether the content of the report will be made public, Minister
Rajapakshe said the recommendations had been made public, but not the
contents as it would hamper ongoing or fresh investigations into the
The Sunday Observer learns that CIPI in its 300 paged report has
concluded that the search conducted by using Police Special Task Force,
which later precipitated the incident, is highly uncalled for and
unwarranted, and termed the incident as a gross violation of widely
accepted norms and procedures with regard to prisoners.
In its conclusions, CIPI had pointed out that the incident should
have ideally been managed by the Prison authorities without seeking
outside assistance, as this was their sole responsibility. It is in this
context that the CIPI had recommended the Police be exclusively used to
discharge their prime role and that the prison authorities independently
manage their prime responsibilities.
The Sunday Observer also learns that the CIPI had recommended that
the findings of the previous committee appointed in 2012 be totally
annulled, as the new findings had revealed apparent conflict of interest
due to disclosures by witnesses and other related factors.