Amendment contemplated to Criminal Procedure Code
Duty Attorney at Police stations
Sri Lanka while reiterating that it has a zero
tolerance policy on torture, yesterday said that the country is in
the process of studying a major amendment to the Criminal Procedure
Code to provide a Duty Attorney scheme at every police division. The
government is studying the possibility of introducing this scheme on
the lines of Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) in the UK
providing legal services as a mandatory right at Police stations to
every suspect within a short time of arrest. Addressing the 19th
session of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, former
Attorney General Mohan Peiris PC said that Sri Lanka has a
constitutional guarantee against torture.
Defence Secy thanks China
Military and trade assistance by China during
the critical phase of the conflict in Sri Lanka, made the victory
over terrorism possible, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said.
Remnants of the LTTE and LTTE linked groups active around the world
have launched a campaign to destabilise peace and build pressure on
Sri Lanka, he said at a ceremony in Beijing on Monday to mark 55
years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.