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Friday, 03 January 2014 - 16:55
Update: Video: Bogambara prisoners call off the protest
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The protest staged by several inmates at the Bogambara Prison demanding the authorities either to execute or release them was called off today.

The prisoners gave up the protest after they had a discussion with a group of MPs including Acting Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister S.C. Mutukumarana.

The protest was held for 4 days, and 32 inmates had joined the protest by yesterday.

18 prisoners who had been condemned to death were among the 32 protesters.

Some protesters held posters and other passed hand written messages to journalists to convey their grievances.

In one such hand written message passed onto our corresponded stated that Minister S.B. Dissanayake had intervened to get 5 of his supporters pardoned by the President.

They stated that the death sentence of Minister Dissanayake’s 5 supporters have now been reduced to a sentence of lifetime, and demanded that they too need equal pardon.










Update: Monday, 06 January 2014 - 13:07
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Top Prison officials to Bogambara.

The 33 detainees sentenced to death penalty continue to stage their protest for the fourth day having climbed to the Kandy Bogambara prison roof.

Yesterday they wrote their demands on paper and focused on them the attention of journalists gathered under the place from where the detainees staged the protest.

The reasons for the death penalty as well as the inconveniences encountered within the prison too mentioned in these papers.

Meanwhile a team of senior prison officials under the patronage of Prisons Deputy Minister Chandrasiri Muthukumaarana is scheduled to visit the Bogambara prison this morning.

Responding to a query our news team made, a senior Prison Department spokesman said that a final solution to the problem was expected to be given on this occasion after an extensive discussion.

Update: Monday, 06 January 2014 - 7:57
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33 Bogambara inmates still on roof top.

33 prisoners serving the death sentence are still continuing their protest on the Bogambara prison roof demanding authorities either to hang or release them.

A group of inmates who have been sentenced to death and several otherS who are serving life sentences had launched the protest on Friday.

Our correspondent who is at the scene stated that the inmates are throwing pieces of paper after writing their demands and grievances on them.



 





Update : Sunday, 05 January 2014 - 6:50 PM
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Bogambara prison inmates continue protest


The protest that was commenced by inmates of the Bogambara Prison who are on death row continues for the 3rd day.

Our correspondent stated that the protesters were engaged on the protest holding placards.

Meanwhile, Minister S B Dissanayake stated that some of the concerns raised by the inmates were true.

The inmates had managed to send a letter to our correspondent by attaching it to a stone and throwing it towards him.

The letter stated that a few who were given the death sentence had received some relief with the mediation of Minister S B Dissanayaka and the sentence was relaxed to a life in prison sentence.

Hence they request a similar relief.

We inquired regarding this from Minister S B Dissanayake and he stated that Presidential pardon was given to 5 inmates on death row to relax their sentence.


UPDATE:  Sunday, 05 January 2014 - 2:03
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Bogambara prison inmates continue strike - allowance for prisoners increased


Around 26 inmates of the Bogambara Prison are engaged in a protest a top the roof of the prison complex.

The protest was commenced day before yesterday by 6 inmates who are on death row, demanding either death or freedom.

There are 18 prisoners condemned to death out of the 26 inmates who are engaged in the protest at present.

Meanwhile, the Prisons Department has decided to increase the wages paid to prisoners with effect from the 01st of February.

Prisons commissioner General Chandrarathna Pallegama stated that accordingly the wages which previously stood at 1 Rupee, 1 Rupee and 50 cents, 2 Rupees and 2 Rupees and 50 cents shall be increased to 60 Rupees, 75 Rupees, 85 Rupees and 100 Rupees respectively based on the category prisoners fall in to.

Sunday, 05 January 2014 - 8:04
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26 inmates on the roof of Bogambara prison


The protest started on top of the roof of the Bogambara prisons by several death row inmates is still continuing.

Our correspondent on scene stated that several inmates are climbing up and down from the roof while engaging in the protest.

Approximately 6 death row inmates of the Bogambara prison started the protest and fast yesterday and another group of inmates joined them today.

Commissioner of Prison Operations K. M. G. B. Kulatunga stated that amongst the 26 inmates who are engaging in the protest, 18 are death row inmates.

The protesting inmates are demanding that either they be executed or set free.

However a group of prison officials from the department of prisons visited the Bogambara prison to asses the situation.

Convening a press conference near the prison Commissioner of Prison Operations K. M. G. B. Kulatunga stated that steps will be taken to provide a solution to the issue as expediently as possible.

Currently there are 486 death row inmates in prisons across the country and approximately 100 of those inmates are housed at the Bogambara prison.

Prisons Commissioner General Chandrarathne Pallegama stated that in addition to the death row inmates, there are 338 prisoners who have been sentenced to life in prison.



Saturday, 04 January 2014 - 07:16 PM
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Inmates of Bogambara demanding death or freedom still on protest - Officials say less Officers


The protest by Bogambara Prison inmates on death row which commenced yesterday on the rooftop still continues for the 2nd day.

The protestors demanded death or release.

The Prisons authorities said that they have discussed with the protestors yesterday and the protest will probably end today.

There are 486 inmates on death row, while Bogambara Prison hold nearly 100 such inmates.

According to the Commissioner General of Prisons Chandraratne Pallegama, another 383 inmates are sentenced to life imprisonment.

He further said that some prisons are facing a lack of officers which hinders the efficient controlling of various situations.

 
UPDATE: Saturday, 04 January 2014 - 1:36
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Bogambara fast continues



The protest carried out by inmates serving the death sentence in Bogambara prison is still in place.

The inmates are demanding authorities either to hang or release them.

There are nearly 100 prisoners serving the death sentence at the Bogambara prison.

Prisons Commissioner General Chandrarathna Pallegama told our news team that 486 prisoners condemned to death and 338 others serving life terms are currently in prisons in the country.


Saturday, 04 January 2014 - 7:56
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A roof top protest by 6 prisoners at Bogambara demanding death or freedom



Six inmates serving the death sentence in Bogambara prison started a protest on a roof top demanding authorities either to hang or release them this afternoon.

There are nearly 100 prisoners serving the death sentence at the Bogambara prison.

The Prison and Rehabilitation Ministry has already taken steps to shift the Bogambara prison from its city premises to Dumbara area.

Prisons Commissioner General Chandrarathna Pallegama told our news team that 486 prisoners condemned to death and 338 others serving life terms are currently in prisons in the country.

He said that the execution of the death penalty was suspended since 1996 therefore the prisoners who are sentenced to death should serve in prison for life.

Meanwhile 3 inmates of the Mahara Prison staged a roof top protest with regard to a dispute with certain prison officials today.

A Mahara Prison spokesman said that the 3 prisoners gave up the protest and they were transferred to Kuruvita Prison later.



 Friday, 03 January 2014 7:20 PM
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Six inmates in Bogambara stage a protest

Six inmates serving death sentence in Bogambara prison started a protest on a roof top demanding authorities either to hang them or release this afternoon.

There are nearly 100 prisoners serving death sentence at the Bogambara prison.

The Prison and Rehabilitation Ministry has already taken steps to shift the Bogambara prison from its city premises to Dumbara area.

Prison Commissioner General Chandrarathna Pallegama told our news team that 486 condemned for death and 338 others serving life terms in the prison.

He said that the death penalty was abolished in 1996 therefore the prisoners who condemned to death should serve in prison until the death penalty is revised.

















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