Lawyers for poet Ahnaf Jazeem have complained to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) about TID officers listening and audio-recording the conversation between the lawyers and their client, Ahnaf Jazeem. They have complained that the entire conversation was under police surveillance. Further, their letter says that proper legal access was denied to their client and that TID has converted lawyers appearing for detainees to be objects of their investigations.
Lawyer Sanjaya Wilson Jayasekera tweeted thus:
Two months after continuous appeals, two lawyers of Poet Ahnaf Jazeem were allowed to talk to the poet at TID today (08 March) morning for 19 minutes, while, in spite of lawyers' protest, two police officers were listening and audio-recording the conversation #ahnafjazeem
— Sanjaya Wilson Jayasekera (@sanjayawilson) March 8, 2021
The letter follows: