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SRI LANKA: Illegally Arrested, Hung, Tortured, & Tried on Fabricated Charges

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Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that on 9 May 2014 Mr. Edirisinghe Devayalage Sanjeewa Edirisinghe, 29 years of age, a resident of No.164, Heen Agara, Panirendawa, Chilaw, Puttalam District, was illegally arrested and tortured by police officers attached to the Chilaw Police Station Headquarters. He was detained in a room inside the bachelor quarters of the police station, hung by a rope from the ceiling and beaten with wooden poles. His private parts were smeared with chilli and pepper. Police officers urinated into his mouth and such torture continued for 7 days until he was finally produced before the Magistrate on fabricated charges of theft and released on bail on 16 May 2014. The victim has suffered considerable injuries and the nerves of both arms have been damaged from being hung from the ceiling and tortured. Sanjeewa is still under treatment at North Colombo Teaching Hospital. This case illustrates the exceptional collapse of the rule of law in the country. Read More...

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