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Bharatha Lakshman murder case: ‘Arrest of suspects by police was unchallenged’

The Attorney General yesterday informed the Supreme Court that as far as investigations into Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra murder case is concerned the arrest of the suspects by police was unchallenged during Trial-at-Bar hearing.

Deputy Solicitor General Thusith Mudalige appearing on behalf of the Attorney General made this remarks when the appeal petitions filed by five accused, including former Defence Ministry Monitoring MP Duminda Silva, challenging the judgement of the Colombo High Court were taken up for hearing before the Supreme Court five-judge-bench.

Mudalige denied the claim by the defence that the third accused Chaminda Ravi Jayanath alias Dematagoda Chaminda had been abducted by Security Forces when he returned from India.

DSG Mudalige stated that Dematagoda Chaminda was arrested by the CID at the Bandaranaike International Airport in accordance with the legal procedure pertaining to the deportation.

The Supreme Court five-judge-bench comprised Chief Justice Priyasath Dep, Justice Buwaneka Aluvihare and Justice Prasanna Jayawardena, Justice Nalin Perera and Justice Vijith Malalgoda.

Further hearing into the matter fixed for July 18.

Five accused including former Defence Ministry Monitoring MP Duminda Silva who were sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court for committing the murder of four persons including former MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra had filed appeal petitions in the Supreme Court challenging the judgement of the Colombo High Court.

Duminda Silva, the 11th accused in the murder case, had filed an acceleration petition in the the Supreme Court requesting that the hearing on the appeal be accelerated on medical grounds.

Through his appeal, Duminda Silva stated that he was seeking the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to review and set aside their conviction and the death sentence imposed by the Colombo High Court on September 8, 2015.

Five accused including former MP Duminda Silva were on September 8, 2015, sentenced to death by Colombo High Court for committing the murder of four persons including former MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra on October 8, 2011. However, the verdict was divided two to one with judges Pathmini N. Ranawaka and M.C.B.S. Moreis finding five accused guilty for 10 charges, including committing and conspiring to commit murder of four people, while Justice Shiran Gunaratne, the President of Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar, found the 13 accused not guilty of all 17 charges.

President’s Counsel Anil de Silva, Shavindra Fernando PC, Anuja Premaratne PC, Anura Meddegoda PC and Saliya Peiris PC appeared for the accused.


 

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