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Prageeth Ekneligoda case

Appeal Court issues notice on IGP, CID Director, five others

The Court of Appeal yesterday issued notice on seven persons, including the General of Police (IGP) and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Director to appear before court on October 9.

The court made this order when petitions were filed by wives of four intelligence officials who were held by the Police when the case of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda was taken up for hearing yesterday.

The court issued notices on them to submit with regard to a with regard to a corporal and four Sri Lanka Army intelligence officials who were held on a detention order in connection with the Prageeth Ekneligoda case.

The petitions were taken up before bench comprising Court of Appeal president justice Vigith Malalgoda, justices H.C.J Madawala.

Defence Ministry Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi, former Defence Ministry Secretary B.M.U.D. Basnayake and the Attorney General are among the 9 respondents cited by the petitioners.

The petitioners told court that their husbands were taken into custody on August 24, 2015 without citing any reasons. They noted that they came to know the reasons of the arrest later.

They said that their husbands were not produced in a Magistrate's court within 24 hours of the arrest and they came to know that their husbands are being held on detention order. The petitioners told court that obtaining a detention order under the Prevention of Terrorism Act to hold their husband is illegal

They said that detention orders cannot be obtained under the PTA in connection with the case of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda.

The petitioners cited the detaining the intelligence officials is illegal and a violation of their fundamental rights. They plead the court to to refer these cases to the Supreme Court for hearing.

They also plead the court to issue an order to the respondents to produce them in court and release them. President's Counsel Kalinga Indatissa appeared for the petitioners.