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Sarath Fonseka flouting Prison Laws - Azwer

  • Tuesday, July 26, 2011
  • Aruntha Kanagaratnam
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  • UPFA National List MP A H M Azwer noted in Parliament that Sarath Fonseka was turning his court appearances into a propaganda exercise for himself and that the government should take very serious note of this.

    Quoting from section 78 of the prisons ordinance of 1956 and section 78 (XVI) the MP said: "A prisoner should be guilty of an offence against prison discipline if he, (XVI) without the authority of a prison officer communicates whether by writing, speech or gesture with any person who is not connected with the administration of the prison."

    What is Sarath Fonseka doing daily at the court there? Everyday he is speaking to the press. He had made it a propaganda meeting for him when they are taking him to courts. I think the Minister of Justice and also the government should take a very serious note of this.

    'It will be a very bad precedent for other prisoners also if this is allowed to continue, I think the time has come. He is making propaganda. He is lashing out at the government. Let him do it if he wants it. But, he is a convicted prisoner.

    'There are two cases against him. In that he is a remand prisoner who had already been convicted for 30 months. As a result, as a prisoner he must observe the discipline of the prison laws and the ordinances and if he still continues to violate them, I am telling in this House that stern action must be taken against him and clear orders must be given to the Commissioner General of Prisons to take proper action regarding this."

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