Tiger’s escape: TID takes  over probe

by Saman Gamage

Prisons Chief Chandraratne Pallegama yesterday told The Island that the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) had been directed to probe the escape of a hardcore LTTE prisoner, while he was working in the Matara Vesak Zone last May.

The prisoner is believed to have fled the country about a month ago. A senior official said that the TID was in the process of investigating the circumstances under which the prisoner fled the country, while the Colombo Crime Division handled the other aspects.

Prisons Secretary G. S. Vithanage said that he was yet to receive reports pertaining to investigations conducted by the department.

Sources said that those who had facilitated the prisoner’s escape were being investigated by relevant authorities. A senior official of the Welikada prison is alleged to have given false evidence in court, early this month as regards the escape of the terrorist.

Prisons intelligence which probed the escape has found that the top official reported to the court on Sept. 13, in writing, that the jailer in charge of the prisoner had been interdicted and other officers who served with him had been disciplined.

A spokesman for the Prisons headquarters, however, said even on the day the particular jailer was on duty in the prison.

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