Arrests should be made in strict compliance of law, President tells acting IGP
Arrests result in serious deprivation of citizens’ liberties and have other significant implications such as the loss of reputation and their standing in society, and, therefore, a person should be arrested only when absolutely necessary and upon a decision taken with utmost care and in strict compliance of the law, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has told Acting Inspector General of Police Senior DIG C. D. Wickramaratne.
President has directed the police to ensure that arrests are made entirely on the basis of professional judgment to be exercised by officers in charge of discharging the said duty independently and without fear or favour.
Due respect should be given by officers discharging such duties to the Members of Parliament as representatives of the people and professionals such as doctors.
The Police have been further directed by the President to apply same equally to all citizens of Sri Lanka.
The President has directed the Police to duly and properly discharge the duties with utmost diligence and upon the Attorney General’s advice when required.
(Source: The Island)
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Dear Honourable President,
In your over-enthusiasm to show your colours ( perhaps ) you seem to be throwing caution to the winds. by
adding the word ‘STRICT ” to your directive you have removed bona fide decision on the law enforcing officer
and also allowed a time gap for the suspect to go into hiding or take counter arrest action from higher Courts. Strict compliance for legal arrest may require approval from other sources and the time gap may cause irreparable damage to the whole exercise.
Does the Nation require a President (elected at significant cost to the taxpayer) to remind a top Public Servant on how to do his job?
Can you guys see the problem? The taxpayers spend billions electing and appointing persons to office and they do not focus or do their jobs and many do not know what they are doing.
Lee Kuan Yew spend 20 years building strong institutions that operate according to the law and regulations. We can have Viyath Maga professionals heading institutions but the institutions are corrupt to the core and do not deliver responsibility.