* Court orders to keep the bodies of two Iranian inmates died in Colombo prison safe for a week
Sun, Oct 17, 2021, 11:32 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Oct 17, Colombo: Colombo Additional Magistrate Rajindra Jayasuriya today (17) ordered the Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer to keep the bodies of the two Iranian detainees who died after consuming hand sanitizer at the Colombo Remand Prison until their relatives arrive.
The Magistrate issued the order following a request made by the Borella Police to keep the bodies of the two inmates, who were suspects in a case pending in the Colombo Magistrate’s Court until the remains are handed over to their relatives.
Prisons Media Spokesman Commissioner Prisons Commissioner Chandana Ekanayake said the time has been requested until the relatives of the two deceased Iranian nationals are brought to Sri Lanka.
The remains of one of the two Iranian nationals have been placed at the Colombo National Hospital morgue while the other has been placed at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue, the prison spokesman said.
Borella Police told the court that several parcels containing dry food items and hygiene items were given to the suspects by the Iranian embassy on the 14th and the prison officials had stated that the death had occurred due to consuming antiseptic liquid in the parcel.
The Borella Police informed the court that 10 more Iranian prisoners were being treated at the prison hospital after consuming the hand sanitizers and that further investigations were being carried out into the incident.