Aug 23, 2021

Bathiudeen charged of threatening doctor at Magazine Prison

Former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen has been accused of issuing death threats to a doctor serving at the Magazine Prison in Colombo.

According to media reports, a complaint had been filed by the doctor claiming that MP Bathiudeen had threatened him.

The doctor had filed the complaint after informing the chief medical officer and a senior officer at the prison both verbally and in writing, after which the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) had launched an investigation into the matter.

The complaint states MP Bathiudeen had obstructed the duties of the doctor while he was treating an inmate on the 15th of August.

As MP Bathiudeen was informed by the doctor to wait outside for his turn, the MP is reported to have informed the doctor that his services will no longer be required.

The Parliamentarian has been further accused of issuing death threats to the doctor, stating that he can transfer him, and had also warned him to find a place to seek refuge.

MP Bathiudeen is reported to have also claimed that he is entitled to Parliamentary privileges and is treated well by both the Government and the Opposition.

The CCD had taken down statements from the doctor over the incident last evening, while it had also visited the Magazine Prison for an inspection.