Former DIG Vass Gunawardena’s appeal fixed for April 2 | Daily News

Former DIG Vass Gunawardena’s appeal fixed for April 2

The appeal petition filed by former DIG Vaas Gunawardena, his son Ravindu Vaas Gunawardena and four police officers challenging the Colombo High Court’s judgement to convict them for committing the murder of millionaire businessman Mohamed Shyam was yesterday fixed for April 2 by the Supreme Court.

When the matter came up before the Supreme Court Three-Judge-Bench comprising Justices Sisira de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardena, and Nalin Perera, the Supreme Court Registrar was ordered that documents pertaining to the prosecution evidence during the High Court trial be handed over to accused-appellants.

Former DIG Vaas Gunawardena, his son Ravindu Vaas Gunawardena and four police officers were sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar Bench for committing the murder of millionaire businessman Mohamed Shyam in 2013 at Dompe area.

This appeal is to be heard before a Five-Judge-Bench of the Supreme Court in due course.

The accused who were ordered to be sentenced to death were; former DIG Vaas Gunawardena and his son Ravindu Vaas Gunawardena, Sub Inspector Indika Bamunuge, Police Constable (PC) Gamini Sarath Chandra, PC Priyanka Sanjeewa and PC Kelum Ranga.

Through their appeal, six accused-appellants stated that they were seeking the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to review and set aside their conviction and the death sentence imposed by the High Court.

President’s Counsel Gamini Marapana with Anil Silva PC, Anura Meddegoda PC, and Counsel Asitha Vipulanayake appeared for the accused-appellants.

Additional Solicitor General Ayesha Jinasena appeared for the Attorney General. 


 

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