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Peaceful protesters detained last night denied access to lawyers – Saliya Pieris

President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka President's Counsel Saliya Pieris has raised concerns over peaceful protesters, who were detained while they were staging the 'Satyagraha for freedom' yesterday in Maradana, being denied access to lawyers.He stressed that the Police detaining access to legal counsel is in direct violation of Enforced Disappearance Act No.5 of 2018 which requires Police to give access to lawyers and relatives.Police last night dispersed a group of peaceful activists staging a Satyagraha opposite Elphinstone Theatre in Maradana.Police Media Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa confirmed that four people have been arrested.Posting on social media President's Counsel Saliya Pieris further stressed that "Independence and freedom must be for the people and not limited to those in power."

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Nihal Thalduwa - Police record statements from over 10 people over Schaffter murder - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Police record statements from over 10 people over Schaffter murder
Colombo (News 1st): Police say statements were recorded from over 10 people regarding the murder of respected Colombo-based businessman Dinesh Schaffter.Police said continuous investigations will be carried out over the incident, with four Police teams deployed.Schaffter was found strangled in his car at the Borella Public Cemetery on Thursday (15) afternoon.He died on Thursday (15) night after being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the National Hospital.Dinesh Schaffter was 51-years-old at the time of his passing.Dinesh Schaffter had left his residence on Thursday (15) afternoon and had told his family that he was heading to Borella to meet Former Cricket commentator Brian Thomas.Police Spokesperson & Attorney SSP Nihal Thalduwa told News 1st that a complaint was filed with the Police earlier stating that the former cricket commentator had taken Rs.1.4 billion from the businessman, and had not returned the money.Sri Lanka Police recorded a statement from Thomas, as Dinesh Schaffter had told his wife that he was going to meet Thomas.Accordingly, Colombo Additional Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela on Friday (16) imposed an overseas travel ban on Thomas over the murder of Dinesh Schaffter.It was reported that Thomas is in possession of two passports, and the overseas travel ban was imposed for both these passports by the court.Court also granted permission for the Borella Police to obtain a telecommunication analysis report on the mobile device used by the late Dinesh Schaffter, from telecommunication service providers.
Ranil Wickremesinghe - Nihal Thalduwa - Kandakadu Brawl: Over 200 detainees remanded - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Kandakadu Brawl: Over 200 detainees remanded
COLOMBO (News 1st) – 217 detainees who were arrested for their involvement in the recent brawl at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Center were remanded.Police Spokesperson & Attorney SSP Nihal Thalduwa told News 1st that the detainees were produced to the Polonnaruwa and Hingurakgoda Magistrate Courts and were thus remanded.Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi told News 1st that an investigation is underway over the brawl, adding that a five-member committee comprising of senior ranks will investigate the brawl at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Center.The report prepared by this investigation body will be handed over to the Justice Minister upon completion.Sri Lankan authorities said that scores of detainees held at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Center fled the premises following Sunday (6) night's brawl.According to reports, the cause of the brawl was a dispute over the use of a bucket used for bathing at the premises.547 detainees were at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Center at the time of the brawl.The Commissioner General of Rehabilitation said that steps will be taken to start assessing the damage caused to the facility following the brawl, and it will be carried out by government officers.On the 29th of June 2022, a brawl broke out at the same facility resulting in the death of one detainee, while 400 others escaped.Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has called for a full report on the Kandakadu Rehab Center incident.The President's Media Division said that the necessary steps needed to be taken to avert a recurrence of such incidents have also been called for, following discussions with Justice Minister Wijeyadasa
Ranil Wickremesinghe - Nihal Thalduwa - Kandakadu Brawl: Over 200 detainees arrested by police - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Kandakadu Brawl: Over 200 detainees arrested by police
COLOMBO (News 1st) – 201 detainees at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Center were arrested for unruly behaviour, said Police Spokesperson & Attorney SSP Nihal Thalduwa on Monday (7).The detainees who occupied a building at the facility surrendered to Sri Lanka Police on Monday evening.Military Spokesperson Brigadier Ravi Herath told News 1st that 514 detainees were under the control of the security forces by 4 PM on Monday.In addition, a manhunt is underway to locate 33 other detainees who escaped from the facility.Sri Lankan authorities said on Monday (7) that scores of detainees held at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Center had fled the premises following Sunday (6) night's brawl.According to reports the cause of the brawl was a dispute over the use of a bucket used for bathing at the premises.547 detainees were at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Center at the time of the brawl.A dispute had arisen between a detainee from Galle, and a detainee from Colombo over the bucket at the bathing area.Thereafter, detainees banded together as the Galle Group and Colombo Group.One of the groups thereafter attempted to approach the armoury at the premises, and that escalated the brawl. Sri Lanka Army personnel attached to the 9th Field Regiment Sri Lanka Artillery who were assigned to the security detail of the armoury had foiled the attempt, and shots were fired into the air to control the situation.One group of detainees, around 200 of them, occupied one of the buildings at the facility and defied orders to surrender.At the same time, around 300 other detainees surrendered to the security forces, while another group fled the premises.Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has called for a full
Nihal Thalduwa - Protestors were unwilling to vacate premises: Police Spokesperson - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Protestors were unwilling to vacate premises: Police Spokesperson
COLOMBO (News 1st); Speaking at a special press briefing today, the Police media Spokesman, SSP Nihal Thalduwa said, the Police had been operating with restraint in the past couple of months, allowing the people to engage in peaceful protest.Displaying several videos circulated in social media, where police officers duties were apparently obstructed by the protestors, the spokesman said, the police are engaged in maintaining peace and the rule of law, and anyone who obstructs that duty is not upholding the law.The press briefing was held to address the crackdown on the GotaGoGama protest site, in the early hours of the 22nd of July.He added, the removing of tents and structures inside a 50m radius of the SWRD Bandaranaike statue at Galle face, was conducted since protecting state property and the idol of a significant personality in Sri Lankan history, is the duty of the Police.The spokesman further stated, the protestors acted aggressively in previous occasions when the Police requested them to vacate state buildings, and this lead to the Police not being able to trust the words and promises of the protestors.SSP Thalduwa also emphasized that NOBODY will be allowed to undermine and humiliate the Police, Tri-forces and the Rule of Law in the future.Mentioning that the citizens’ respect for Rule of Law lessened as a result, the Police Spokesperson said that the Police did not take any steps to disrupt the ongoing protests at Galle Face at that time, despite the disturbances caused due to loud noises and bright lights.However, as the protests progressed, it became almost impossible for Police officers to even carry out their duties at the protest sites, the Spokesperson said.
Nihal Thalduwa - Sri Lanka: Daylight shootings linked to drug trade - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka: Daylight shootings linked to drug trade
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka Police said that the recent shootings reported from different parts of the country were linked to disputes in the drug trade.Police Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa said that the targets of the shootings were those who had associated themselves with drug traffickers and the drug tradeA spate of cold-blooded killings has gripped already struggling communities across Sri Lanka, as people grapple with an economic meltdown, acute fuel shortages, a food crisis, and now a terrifying crime wave.The fifth person in as many days to be shot dead by assailants on motorbikes was reported on Sunday (5) night from Moraketiara in Tangalle, South Sri LankaSri Lanka Police said two other people were injured in the shooting.According to reports, the victim was a close associate of the man gunned down in Ahangama on Saturday (4).The victim from Tangalle was recently released from Remand Custody over a drug trafficking case in the South of Sri Lanka.The victim shot dead in Ahangama yesterday, was a 27-year-old man and according to the Police Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa, had reportedly been released on bail recently after being in remand custody.Reports suggest that both the Tangalle and Ahangama shooting victims were close associates, and both their murders are possibly linked.Five Shootings in a Week:1. The first shooting was reported on Monday (30th May) from Bastian Mawatha in Colombo, approximately 200 meters away from the Colombo Range DIG Office.A 30-year-old was gunned down and another man was injured in the shooting.
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