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Prison officials warned not to assist convicted criminals inside the jails

NO ROOM FOR CORRUPTION IN PRISONS – Defense Secretary Kamal Guneratne warns Prison officials of consequences if criminals are mollycoddled/Defense Ministry handout

ECONOMYNEXT- Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Major General (Rtd) Kamal Guneratne has warned Prisons officials to refrain from getting involved in corruption and supporting convicted imprisoned inmates.

“Never let yourself repent on the deathbed that you fed and educated your children with money given by criminals like Wele Suda or Kanjipani Imran,” he told officials he met yesterday a media release issued by the Ministry of Defense said.

The release said that the Secretary said that investigations have “commenced investigations into prisons officials who have links to corruption and to the underworld.”

Guneratne also reminded that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, other government officials and the public were looking forward to seeing a corruption-free and respectable service from the prisons officials.

Moreover, he said although the Prisons Department is functioning under the Justice Ministry, he has a right to get involved in issues related to the department as over 27,000 prisoners in the island-wide prisons were apprehended by the officers who were attached to the Defence Ministry.

“Police officers, including the STF, are taking risks to lives to nab criminals in the country to maintain the law and order,” he added.

He went onto say that the public believes are many good officers and corrupted officers in the Prisons Department and when the President was elected, he had told him that the condition of the Prisons was deplorable and underworld activities and organised drugs smuggling are operated in the prison.

He also added that the State Intelligence Service (SIS) has analyzed thousands of telephone calls that have originated from inside the prisons.

“Today the entire prisons system is being criticized everywhere in the country. If a remanded drug user comes out of the prison after a few months as a drug dealer, there is something radically wrong in the system,” Guneratne said

Meanwhile, he also requested the officials to treat the inmates equally.”Majority prisoners in prisons are innocent. All inmates should be treated equally. When one sleeps uncomfortably on the floor, another cannot sleep on a double layer mattress. Look into their problems, then they will start loving you from their heart,” he said. (Colombo/June19/2020)

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Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe