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Conduct of Police Spokesperson and Negombo HQI | AG orders probe

The Attorney General (AG) has directed the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) to conduct investigations with regard to the statement made by the Police Media Spokesman and the conduct of the Negombo Headquarter Inspector (HQI) with regard to the execution of the warrant against former Superintendent of Negombo Prison Anuruddha Sampayo.

This was revealed by the AG’s Co-ordinating Officer Senior State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne.

On 22 July, following directions of the AG, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) obtained arrest warrants on Anuruddha Sampayo and three other officials of the Negombo Prison from the Negombo Magistrate.

Arrest warrants had been issued on the interdicted Superintendent P.W.W.U.P. Anuruddha Sampayo, Chief Jailors Sarath Bandara and Nishantha Senaratne, and Jailor Kalinga Kaluaggala.

Negombo Prisons Jailor Kalinga Kaluaggala surrendered to the CID on 25 July and was subsequently remanded, while Chief Jailors Sarath Bandara and Nishantha Senarathna surrendered to the Negombo Magistrate’s Court on 29 July. They were also ordered to be remanded after being produced before the court.

Meanwhile, interdicted Prison Superintendent Sampayo had filed a writ petition at the Court of Appeal, seeking an injunction preventing him from being arrested by the CID.

Sampayo, who was in hiding for more than 11 days, was taken into police custody on 2 August by the Negombo Police in Kurunegala.

He was then transferred to the CID in Colombo and remanded after being produced before the court.

During previous court proceedings, the AG’s Department had questioned as to why the Negombo HQI had travelled to Kurunegala to arrest Sampayo when there are several police stations within the Kurunegala District.

Sampayo and the three jailors of Negombo Prison are charged with providing special facilities to a group of prison inmates and forging documents to aid the transfers of convicts and help them continue criminal activities.