Loyal Rajapaksist at AG’s office presses Shakthika into torment

Loyal Rajapaksist at AG’s office presses Shakthika into torment

21 July 2019 06:59 pm

A senior official at the Attorney General's Office, who is also said to be a loyal Rajapaksist, keeps pushing writer Shakthika Sathkumara for further retention at the prison, sources said.

When Shakthika Sathkumara, who was unreasonably arrested over blasphemy, is largely voiced by both national and international communities for release, the said official is reportedly pressing the matter on prosecuting the writer into further imprisonment.  

She has emphasized with another officer at the AG's Office that Shakthika should never be released, for people like him insult Buddhism on media, and should be detained for eternity, according to sources.

She was told by one of the senior officials that the AG's Office's sole purpose is to serve the rule of law and not serving Buddhism, to which the said senior official came at a heated expression saying that she will keep Shakthika in torment by any means necessary, sources said. 

According to sources, she also stresses other senior officials over this matter, at a tireless attempt to win verdict sentencing the writer into forever imprisonment.

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In keeping with 3(1) clause, at No. 56 of 2017 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and as per sector 291B of the Penal Code, Shakthika Sathkumara was charged over allegations of advocating religious hatred and violation of international human rights. 

Sathkumara was arrested on last April 1st by Polgahawela Police over a webnovel published in social media with the title "Ardha", alleging to have insulted Buddhism, based on an open request made from the IGP by Venerable Angulugaha Jinnananda Thera of the Buddhist Information Centre. 

Accordingly, Sathkumara is currently being remanded. 

Sathkumara's case is being focused at the eye of the international community by now, while United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of Freedom, Clément Nyaletsossi, has also queried in learning of the incident.  

Nyaletsossi arrived in the island on July 18th, upon wishing to leave on 26th, and is about to meet state officials, the judiciary, the constitutional bodies, media, civil societies, the HRC and trade unions.  

He will also meet with representatives of the United Nations and other international organizations, as well as other stakeholders in the country.

Following his inspections, he is to submit a special assessment report to the 44th Session of the Human Rights Council in June 2020.