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SSP Shani Abeysekara admitted to IDH Hospital, Opposition Leader requests to ensure his safety

SSP Shani Abeysekara admitted to IDH Hospital, Opposition Leader requests to ensure his safety

Nov 28, 2020

Colombo (Sri Lanka), November 28: Former Director of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) SSP Shani Abeysekara, who has rendered a distinguished service in the field of criminal investigations in Sri Lanka, has been admitted to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH), Angoda.
SSP Abeysekara, who was admitted to the Gallella Corona Medical Hospital in Polonnaruwa after contracting COVID-19 viral infection at the Mahara Prison has been transferred back to the Colombo IDH Hospital yesterday (27) on medical recommendation.
A senior official of the Prisons Department said that Shani Abeysekara, who is in remand custody, was admitted to the Gallella Hospital and after undergoing a medical examination for a heart condition and other chronic conditions, doctors at the hospital have recommended transferring him to the IDH.
The Prisons Department said it has taken steps to provide security to Shani Abeysekara who was brought to the IDH.
Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa in a special statement to parliament on Friday (Nov. 27) called on the government to transfer him to the IDH as he "has a serious problem" with heart disease and diabetes.
Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa further stated that Shani Abeysekara, who had contracted COVID--19 while in custody, had been taken from Mahara Prison to a quarantine camp in Gallella, Polonnaruwa.
"I make a very humanitarian request. Understand the health and safety situation of SSP Shani Abeysekara and send him to the IDH Hospital, not to a quarantine camp more than 200 km away," he said.
Meanwhile, The Leader website reported that he was hospitalized due to a sudden heart attack that occurred on Thursday (November 26) at the Gallella Quarantine Camp.
Former Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said in a Twitter message that it was the responsibility of the government to provide health care and ensure the safety of SSP Shani Abeysekara, who is believed to be infected with the corona virus.
Meanwhile, in a letter to the Commissioner General of Prisons, Thushara Upuldeniya on November 25, Ramani Muttettuwegama, Commissioner in charge of Investigations and Inquiries at Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), has requested to take immediate steps secure Mr Abeysekara and ensure the best possible treatment.
Meanwhile, the Young Journalists' Association has also launched an online petition calling for the protection of the life of "the most respected detective in the Sri Lanka Police", the BBC Sinhala Service reported.
Former Director of the CID, SSP Shani Abeysekara was an officer in charge of investigations into a number of controversial crimes in Sri Lanka.
Suicide bombings on Easter Sunday, Rugby player Wasim Thajudeen's murder, kidnapping and disappearance of 11 youths around Colombo, assassination of former MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, Assassination of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge and Rathupaswala Army shooting were among the crimes investigated under the supervision of SSP Shani Abeysekara.
A petition seeking bail for Shani Abeysekara, who is in remand custody for allegedly influencing witnesses in a criminal case, was heard in the Gampaha High Court on Thursday, and the verdict will be announced on December 07, the High Court judge said.
The Attorney General had objected to granting him bail.
Source: Colombo Page