Former Navy Spokesman further remanded till August 24

Commodore D.K.P Dassanayake.
Commodore D.K.P Dassanayake.

Former Navy Spokesman Commodore D.K.P Dassanayake and five others arrested on the charge of aiding and abetting the abduction and disappearance of 11 youth was ordered to be further remanded till August 24 by the Colombo Fort Magistrate yesterday.

Dassanayake was not brought to the Magistrate’s Court by prison officials.The prison authority informed court that he is currently receiving treatment at the Welisara Navy hospital.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne refused to grant bail on the suspect citing that there is no exceptional circumstances to release him on bail.

The Magistrate further issued an order directing the Judicial Medical Officer to submit a report regarding the suspect’s health condition on the next hearing date.

On July 12, the CID arrested the former Navy Spokesman at the Sri Lanka Navy base in Welisara following an investigation into the incident.

The Colombo Fort Magistrate had earlier rejected a request made by former Navy Media Spokesman D.K.P.Dassanayake to leave the country for a foreign course.

On a previous occasion, the CID informed Court that the 11 persons who were abducted by unidentified groups in Colombo and the surrounding areas in 2008, had been taken to underground detention cells at a navy camp in Trincomalee which were supervised by a Navy Lieutenant Commander.

The missing persons had been abducted by an unidentified group at Dehiwala, Battaramulla and Wattala in 2008 and 2009.

The OIC of CID’s Gang Robbery Unit-Inspector Nishantha Silva prosecuted. Counsel Achala Seneviratne appeared for the aggrieved parties. 

 


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