Man dupes museum suspects

According to investigations the man had approached a son of one suspect in Orugodawatte and asked for Rs. 50,000 to secure the release of his father. However following a police complaint being lodged the man was arrested by the CID and remanded after being produced before a Magistrate.The CID is conducting further investigations. (Colombo Gazette) A man had duped three suspects who are in prison over the Colombo National museum theft and got Rs. 50,000 from a family member claiming he can secure their freedom.The man had pretended to be an officer from the Attorney General’s department and had informed the suspects that in order for them to be set free they need to pay the Attorney General’s department and the police Criminal Investigations Department. The son had made the payment but when his father was not freed he had asked the man what happened and the man had then said that another Rs. 80,000 would be required. read more

UN committee against torture to review Sri Lanka

The committee will publish its findings, officially known as concluding observations, on the respective states on 7 December.  (Colombo Gazette) The countries are among the 159 States parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and so are required to undergo regular reviews by the Committee on how they are implementing the Convention and the Committee’s previous recommendations. The UN committee against torture is meeting in Geneva from 7 November to 7 December to review Sri Lanka and several other countries.The UN committee with review Ecuador (8-9 November); Finland (9-10 November); Monaco (11 and 14 November); Sri Lanka (15-16 November); Namibia (18 and 21 November); Turkmenistan (21-22 November); Armenia (23-24 November) and Cape Verde (24-25 November). The committee, which is composed of 10 independent experts, will engage in a dialogue with the respective Government delegations. read more