Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sri Lanka: Government identifies four detention camps

The government through Gazette Extraordinary No. 1640/1 and 1640/2 issued on Monday (8) has declared four detention centers under Emergency Regulations.

The Gazette issued by IGP Mahinda Balasuriya states, “I, Mahinda Balasuriya, Inspector General of Police, do hereby notify that the following will be a place of detention for the purpose of Regulation 19 and 21 of Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions and Powers) Regulations, No. 1 of 2005, published in Gazette Extraordinary, No. 1405/14 of 13th August 2005.”

The Gazette Extraordinary No. 1640.1 has declared the Sri Lanka Navy Headquarters in Colombo 1, Naval Detention Barracks SLNS-Gemunu in Welisara, Ragama and Sri Lanka Navy Dockyard in Trincomalee as detention centers.

Gazette Extraordinary No. 1640/2 meanwhile has declared the Nelukkulama Technical College Camp in Nelukkulama, Vavuniya (Police area Vavuniya) as a detention center.

Interestingly, Common Presidential Candidate General Sarath Fonseka was arrested by the Military Police also on Monday night (8), the day the two Gazette notifications were issued and is currently being held at Navy Headquarters in Colombo 1.

Meanwhile, JVP Leader Somawansa Amarasinghe said the government has set up eight detention camps in the country that could hold up to 12,000 persons on conspiracy charges.

Amarasinghe, addressing a media briefing of joint opposition party leaders following General Fonseka’s arrest last week, said the alleged detention camps have been set up to arrest people fighting for democracy under various charges, including conspiring against the Head of State and government.

© The Sunday Leader

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