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"Take strong preventive measures to save Shani's life": HRCSL writes to Prisons chief

The petition requesting the release on bail of former CID Director Shani Abeysekara, who is in remand custody, was taken up at the Gampaha High Court today (26). The verdict is scheduled to be announced on December 07, reports say. Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has requested the Prisons chief to take strong preventive measures to protect the life of the former CID chief, who was reported to have contracted COVID-19 while in prison.

The HRCSL in a letter to the Commissioner General of Prisons yesterday (25), urged him to ensure that Shani, who is in remand custody at the Mahara prison, be hospitalized immediately if he has contracted COVID-19.

“We urge that strong preventive measures be taken to protect his life which is in your custody. If Mr Abeysekara has contracted the virus, we recommend you ensure that he receives treatment at the nearest hospital treating COVID-19 patients,” the letter from HRCSL stated. The letter was sent to the Commissioner of Prisons Thushara Upuldeniya after the HRCSL received complaints regarding the safety of the former CID chief.

"There is also a high degree of concern that this may pose a threat to Mr. Abeysekera's life. We write to draw your immediate attention to this complaint," HRCSL Commissioner Ramani Muttetuwegama said.

It further requested the Prisons Commission to send them the preventive measures adopted before 30 November.

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka wrote to the Commissioner General of Prisons last week requesting to increase all security measures relating to Remandee Fathima Sadiya, the wife of Zahran Hashim.

HRC Letter

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