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Hotel workers FR case against police fixed for March 24

2013 Dec 06

By Chitra Weerarathne

Justice Eva Wanasundera yesterday relisted a fundamental rights violation application, filed by five employees of the Sunhill Hotel, Colombo 3, for support, on March 24, 2014, before Chief Justice Mohan Pieris.

At a previous hearing, when the petition was called before the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice had suggested that the Officer-in-Charge of the Crimes Division, of the Kollupitiya police station and the Officer-in-Charge of the station, should tender a public apology, in open Court, to the five petitioners for having arrested them, without a reason to do so, on the night of July 10, 2013.

The petitioners, Saman Ratnayake and four others had been walking to their place of lodging close to the hotel at midnight after work. They had been arrested by the OIC, in Charge of Crimes and taken to the police station. They were kept in the cell overnight and released after taking their fingerprints. No reason had been given for that arbitrary arrest and detention in the police cell, the petitioners said.

Yesterday, when the case was called before the Supreme Court Counsel, Amila Perera and Asela Rekawa appeared for the petitioners. The two officers-in-charge cited as respondents were present in Court, yesterday. They were OIC of the station U. Deludeniya, and OIC Crimes Kulasekera.

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