Original CFA copy not at PM's office
Assistant Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office Subash Chaminda
Roshan told the Colombo High Court yesterday that the original copy of
the Cease Fire Agreement entered into between Ranil Wickremesinghe and
the LTTE was not available at the Prime Minister's Office.
Roshan made this observation before Colombo High Court Judge Deepali
Wijesundara in connection with the case indicted against J.S.
Thissanayagam under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
The Court earlier issued notice on the Secretary to the Prime
Minister to appear before Court to make a statement in connection with
the Cease Fire Agreement entered between Wickremesinghe and the LTTE of
which the original copy was kept at the Prime Minister's Office.
Questioned by Defence Counsel Anil Silva, Roshan stated that he could
not find the original copy of the Cease Fire Agreement. When he was
cross examined by State Counsel Sudarshana de Silva, Roshan said he
sought for the original copy of the Agreement but the original copy was
not available at the Prime Minister's Office. Ven. Baddegama Samitha
Thera also gave evidence yesterday as a witness of the defence.
The Attorney General Department filed indictment against Jeyaprakasan
Sittappalam Thissanayagam with three counts for conspiring to publish
the North Eastern Monthly magazine between June 1, 2006 to June 1, 2007
and publishing the magazine as a result of the conspiracy. The
publication was defamatory of the Government and arousing racism.
According to the indictment, he had obtained funds from Non Government
Organizations to publish the magazine.
State Counsel Sudarshana de Silva appeared for prosecution while
Attorney-at-law Anil Silva and Attorney-at-law M.A. Sumandiram appeared
for the defence.