Mattakkuliya Police attack:
CCD produces 18 suspects for identification parade
The Colombo Crime Division (CCD) investigating the attack on the
Mattakkuliya Police station yesterday produced 18 suspects out of 35
before the Colombo Additional Magistrate for an identification parade.
CCD DIG Anura Senanayake said the 35 suspects were arrested in addition
to others arrested earlier.
The CCD earlier arrested 176 suspects including several women and
produced them before Colombo Additional Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe
Bandara. After lengthy submissions by the CCD officials and the Counsel
for the suspects the Magistrate granted each suspect Rs 50,000 personal
Granting bail, the Magistrate directed them to appear in Court again
on July 28.
The Magistrate also directed investigators to file a comprehensive
report in connection with their investigations on the next date.
Senior SP Ranaweera who appeared for the prosecution with CCD OIC
Hemantha Dickovita filed a report in connection with investigations into
the Mattakkuliya Police Station attack and said three suspects now in
custody had weapons in their possession.
The other suspects had damaged the public property.
Attorneys Chandra Senanayake, Sanjay Gamage, Gunaratne Wanninayake,
Anton Senanayake, Mervyn Silva, Weerasena Ranabahu, Hussain Azar and
Upul Priyasantha appeared for the suspects.
The case will be called again July 28.