Prisons Commissioner Rumy Marzook yesterday dismissed a CID report that blamed him of giving special treatment to an influential prisoner at Welikada.
Marzook claimed that it had been concocted to ridicule him. `It is part of their strategy to get me out of this place,` an angry Marzook said, challenging the CID to justify its report.
The report, submitted to Colombo Additional Magistrate Mohamed Irshadeen last Wednesday, speculated on the possibility of the prisoner, Senarath Bandara Ranasinghe, escaping the high security prison on May 6 last year due to slack security. The CID also alleged that the convict hadn?t been handcuffed on Marzook?s directive.
The convict had been also regularly taken to Marzook?s office and the day of his escape, he had been brought from Prisons Hospital to make Vesak decorations and his disappearance had been noticed hours after the escape.
Answering questions, Marzook emphasised that the CID should have at least asked him about these allegations. `They never spoke to me. I should have been given an opportunity to answer these allegations,` he said, claiming that two Welikada based jailors had accepted responsibility for the prisoner?s escape. `They had pleaded guilty,` he said, adding, `They are now facing a disciplinary inquiry.`
The Prisons Chief said that the officers had been assigned to keep the prisoner under surveillance.
He rapped the CID for coming out with a sensational report without at least bothering to record his statement. He accused the CID and some of his enemies of acting as if no convict had escaped before Senarath Bandara succeeded.
According to Marzook, a prisoner serving a 28-year-sentence had escaped some time ago. There had been many other cases, he said, expressing the belief that he had been the target of a conspiracy. Answering questions, he claimed that some accused him of instigating the recent riot at Welikada. `My rivals are making my life miserable,` he said, vowing that he wouldn?t get involved in shady activity.