AG issues guidelines on Court proceedings for drug offenders

The Attorney General (AG) has issued strict guidelines to the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) to be considered when moving courts to grant bail to remandees over minor drug cases.

The instructions have been issued as part of the COVID-19 initiative undertaken  by the President’s Secretary P. B. Jayasundera and on the recommendations made by the special committee appointed by the President in this regard.

In a letter to the AG, President’s Secretary P. B. Jayasundera has requested court proceedings to be conducted for minor drug offenders due to the overcrowding of prisons, which could result in the spread of COVID-19 among prisoners.

Jayasundera pointed out that there were a considerable number of remandees who are in prison over a long period of time, pending conclusion of their judicial proceedings.

He requested for steps to be taken to release deserving remandees after an assessment of the seriousness of the charges levelled against them, having obtained relevant information from the Police and Prisons Departments. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Liberating such criminals will only lead to greater suffering and even injury to the peace loving citizen. Even now, due to the difficult and very challenging situation of some, criminal elements ar at large and predate on the weak. in certain areas in and around Colombo, criminal elements hunt down vulnerable households in many ways and extort or rob garden produce, holding owners under ransom and putting them under threat. There appears to be hardly a security patrol. Ironic, is it not, when the government is appealing and encouraging those households to even have one pot with vegetables, when the harvest is looted by outside elements. The Police will do hardly anything knowing very well that most of these criminals work for politicians and perform their despicable tasks.


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