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UPDATED: 14:24, March 28, 2006
Sri Lanka sets up court in prison to handle drug cases
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A court has been set up for the first time in Sri Lanka inside a prison premises to handle drug cases, prison officials said Tuesday.

A special High Court dedicated to deal with drug offenses is set to open Tuesday at the capital Colombo's main Welikada prison.

According to Justice Minister Amarasiri Dodangoda, suspects of drug related cases have come under attack from rival groups while being transferred from the prison to the court.

"This move to set up a court inside the prison will help us to prevent that type of violence," said Dodangoda.

Sri Lanka had experienced several incidents of drug barons coming under attack while being transferred in prison vehicles to the court to face charges in the past.

Commissioner General of Prisons Rumy Marzook said that after the main Welikada prison, similar High Courts will be set up in other prisons elsewhere in the island.

Source: Xinhua

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