MP Pathirana raises issues within Prisons Dept

MP Pathirana raises issues within Prisons Dept

MP Pathirana raises issues within Prisons Dept

Written by Staff Writer

15 Dec, 2015 | 9:26 pm

UNP Parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana used his time in Parliament on Tuesday to delve into the Department of Prisons.

The MP pointed out that, in a report compiled by the Task Force of Prisons in 2013, twelve prison officials were arrested on charges of supplying inmates with cell phones.

The MP queried the relevant Ministry, in this case represented by Minister of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Prison Reform D. M. Swaminathan, as to what measures were being taken to prevent this from occurring.

It has been found that in past, that convicted criminals were often able to continue managing their operations from behind prison walls due to the convenience of cellular communication.

In response, D. M. Swaminathan said that jammers were being used in the prisons complex.

Cellular jammers are employed to create a barrier that blocks any, and all telecommunication signals in a designated area.

Clarifying a question from the Speaker of the house the Minister of Prison Reform said that “these are happening sir, Honourable Speaker, it’s happening with the connivance of the jailers.”

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