He said the families waiting for answers will now hope for swiftest operationalization of the OMP. (Colombo Gazette) The Constitutional Council has called for applications to appoint members to the newly appointed Office of Missing Persons (OMP).The Acting Secretary General of the Constitutional Council said that the applicants must have previous experience in fact finding or investigations, human rights law, international human rights law and humanitarian response. UN Resident Coordinator Una McCauley said the OMP being gazetted is a significant step forward for the people of Sri Lanka.The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap had said he was happy President Maithripala Sirisena signed the bill and gazetted the Office of Missing Persons. President Maithripala Sirisena, in July, signed the gazette on the Office of Missing Persons, a move which drew praise from the international community. Applications must be sent before November 6, the Acting Secretary General of the Constitutional Council said.
Police officers are presently situated around the Camp Street Prison block in Georgetown after prisoners who were transported to the location on Monday have been reportedly pounding on the walls and shouting.When Inews arrived on the scene, police officials refrained from making comments but confirmed that security had been heightened because of the behaviour of the prisoners.Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels was not immediately available for a comment to the media.The relocation of these prisoners came on the heels of the second prison break in the space of one month which saw the escape of 13 hardened inmates housed at the walled compound of the Lusignan Prison on Sunday evening.Thus far, seven (7) of the escapees have been recaptured.A man hunt is still ongoing for the remaining 6, in addition to the other four who had escaped during the July 9 Camp Street conflagration.The 10 wanted men have been identified as Clive Forde, Shawn Harris, Kerry Cromwell, Pascal Smith, Kendall Skeet, Paul Goriah, Mark Durant Williams, Uree Varswyck, Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander, and Cobena Sephens. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRamjattan assures security tight at Camp St. brick prisonJuly 25, 2017In “latest news”Recaptured Lusignan prison escapees create ruckus, demand “steak” for breakfastSeptember 19, 2017In “Crime”Lusignan prison break: 86 ‘real bad’ prisoners will return to Camp Street today – RamjattanJuly 24, 2017In “Crime”