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 Post subject: Sri Lanka Police 'violated FR'
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 5:46 pm 
Sri Lanka Police 'violated FR'

BBC Sinhala / 17Feb2006

Courts described the methods used by police as "brutal torture"
The Supreme Court in Sri Lanka has ruled that officers in Welipenna police have violated fundamental rights of a detainee.
Three-member bench chaired by Dr. Shirani Bandaranaike ruled that the Sub-Inspector (SI) Silva of Welipenna police was guilty of torturing detainee Palitha Tissa Kumara.

The police was accused of assaulting Kumara using clubs and forcing a tuberculosis patient to spit into Kumara’s mouth.

Describing the methods used by police as “extremely brutal torture”, the courts ordered Inspector General of Police to prevent such incidents in the future.

Compensation criticised

SI Silva was ordered to pay Rs. 5000 to the victim. Kumara is to receive another Rs. 20,000 from the state.

Human rights activists, however, criticised the compensation paid for the torture victim.

Basil Fernando, Executive director of Hong-Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said the United Nations was in the view that paying low compensations as a “disgrace to the victimised.”

The AHRC said a representative from United Nations Committee against Torture described the torture using a TB patient as “unprecedented”.

Tissa Kumara was subjected to strong psychological pressure by the police as he sought legal assistance, Fernando added.

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