AG requests CJ to appoint 3-judge bench on Welikada Prison riot

The Attorney General has requested the Chief Justice to appoint a three judge bench to hear the case over the Welikada Prison riot in 2012 in which 27 inmates were killed.

The Attorney General’s Department says the Chief Justice has been requested to appoint the three judge bench at the Permanent High Court at Bar.

The riot broke out during a search for illegal arms.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had in 2017 commenced investigations into the Welikada prison riot.

The Government had also appointed a committee to investigate the riot and a report was compiled on the incident.

In January 2017 the Human Rights Commission in Sri Lanka (HRCSL) recorded a statement from a journalist over the riot.

The statement was recorded from journalist Kasun Pussewela after he had filed a petition at the HRCSL.

Pussewela had sought an investigation into the incident saying there was ample evidence to prosecute some people who were responsible for killing prisoners who took part in the riot.

The HRCSL obtained written evidence from Pussewela as well as video and photographic evidence. (Colombo Gazette)