Conspiracy to murder HC Judge
Twelve suspects including three women remanded:
* Police receive fax message regarding picketing campaign against
the non-release of murder suspects and suspects involved in drug
trafficking on bail.
* Police seize bundles of posters brought to be handed over to
participants of the picketing campaign
* Police arrest 10 suspects including three women, identified as
suspects on bail on a drug trafficking case and extortion case.
* Suspect makes full statement giving details of the alleged
* Leader selected to fire at the High Court Judge when she reported
* Contract to be given for Rs. 150,000 and a woman, a wife of a
businessman agrees to provide Rs. 50,000.
A conspiracy to assassinate Provincial High Court Judge Malanie
Gunaratne while reporting to the Panadura High Court has been unearthed
by Panadura Police.
Twelve suspects including three women together with a Prison Guard of
the Kalutara Prison were arrested and remanded by Panadura Magistrate
Thushara Rajasinghe pending further investigations.
When the suspects were produced before the Magistrate with ‘B’
reports, the Magistrate held a preliminary inquiry to ascertain whether
any attempt to assassinate the High Court Judge was being planned.
At the conclusion of the inquiry, the Magistrate was satisfied that a
conspiracy was hatched and that there was a threat on the life of the
High Court Judge.
The Magistrate directed Inspector General of Police Jayantha
Wickramaratne to make immediate arrangements to provide special police
security to the Provincial High Court Judge.
The assassination attempt was unearthed by the special police team
led by Inspector Sarath Dassanayake when Police received a fax message
from Bandanagara Rendaviyange Sangamaya of the Kalutara Remand Prison
informing Police that a group of people were preparing to stage a
picketing campaign on the road opposite the Panadura Court Complex
protesting against the non-release of murder suspects and suspects
involved in drug trafficking on bail.
The special Police team laid a dragnet covering the Court Complex. on
a search made on a three-wheeler, Police seized bundles of posters
brought to be handed over to participants of the picketing campaign to
be staged on Wednesday.
Police arrested four suspects and seized the two three-wheelers. On
interrogation of the three-wheeler drivers and two others involved in
transporting defamatory posters against the Court, the Police team were
able to arrest 10 other suspects including three women, identified as
suspects on bail on a drug trafficking case and an extortion case.
Police recorded their statements and a report was submitted to the
Panadura Magistrate by Panadura Police Headquarters Chief Inspector
The Magistrate held an inquiry to satisfy himself about the
investigations conducted by Police with regard to the alleged attempt on
the life of the High Court Judge.
A suspect made a full statement giving details of the alleged
Police obtained the permission of the Court to check certain mobile
telephone messages exchanged between certain inmates of the Kalutara
Prison and suspects arrested by Police.
According to investigations, a leader was selected to fire at the
High Court Judge when she reported to Court.
A contract was to be given for Rs. 150,000 and a woman, a wife of a
businessman agreed to provide Rs. 50,000.
When the inquiry was held by the Magistrate in Open Court Panadura
Police Headquarters Chief Inspector Kumaradasa Hettiarachchi told the
Magistrate that four special teams of policemen are investigating to
arrest the leader of the alleged firing squad and others involved in the
conspiracy to assassinate of the Provincial High Court Judge. A group of
lawyers led by Vajira Kavisinghe and Sugath Handunge appealed to the
Magistrate to conduct a comprehensive inquiry through Police regarding
the matter as the lives of all others were not safe.
The Magistrate made a special order to keep all suspects separately
in remand prison.
Panadura acting ASP Ranasinghe is directing investigations on the
instructions of the Panadura Division SSP Sumith Edirisinghe.