Tamil Diplomat

Detaining persons without trial inhumanitarian: Colombo Archbishop

Colombo Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has stated that detention of persons without bringing them to trials is humanitarian and unacceptable in a civilized society.

He graced the Christmas celebration held at the Welikada Prison. The inmates of the prison participated. Prison Reforms Minister D.M.Swaminathan and Commissioner of Prisons Thushara Upudeniya were present.

Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said: “Courts should either hear those cases promptly and punish the culprits or should release them. Some prisoners are held for long periods of time for minor offences such as being unable to pay a fine. A maximum time should be set for completion of each different type of trial. He said the whole judicial process in the country should be fully amended.”