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Human Rights complaint against CID travel ban

A senior police officer from the Criminal Investigation Department has lodged a complaint at the Human Rights Council of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) citing the Right to Freedom of Movement, against the travel ban imposed on 704 officers of the department by the government.

HRCSL officials confirmed to RepublicNext that the complaint has been received by the Commission on Christmas Eve, Dec 24. It was unable to reveal the name of the complainant.

The travel ban was imposed after another officer, Chief Inspector Adrian Nishantha Silva, head of the Organized Crimes Division of the CID went overseas with his family, reportedly without due permission from the Ministry Secretary shortly after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected.

All police officers are expected to obtain clearance from the Ministry before going overseas, as are most state sector employees.

Silva was a key figure in the probes into several members of the Rajapaksa family, including the President. He is said to have gone to Switzerland.

The complainant to the HRCSL has stated in his deposition that the travel ban violates his right to freedom of movement and pleads that this order be declared null and void.

Meanwhile, the former Director of the CID SSP Shani Abeysekara filed a Fundamental Rights Application before the Supreme Court last Friday, Dec 20, saying it was a violation of his Human Rights to demote him from a Director position to an assistant to the Deputy Inspector General.

Abeysekara was promptly demoted and shunted out of the elite CID after the change in the Presidency. He had supervised many probes against the alleged wrongdoings during the Rajapaksa administration.

Before that he had been entrusted with a number of key investigations including the assassination attempt on President Chandrika Kumaratunge and the LTTE attack on then Secretary to the Ministry of Defense and now President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.





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