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AG to file indictments against Noyahr’s abductors in HC Trial-at Bar

Senior State Counsel (SSC) Lakmini Girihagama appearing on behalf of the Criminal Investigations Department yesterday informed the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court that the Attorney General has already taken a decision to file indictments before the High Court Trial-at-bar against the suspects involved in the abduction of former Nation Deputy Editor Keith Noyahr.

The Mount Lavinia Additional Magistrate C.H.G.Liyanage yesterday decided not to hold the identification parade in respect of former Army Intelligence Unit Corporal Lalith Rajapaksa.

Former Army Intelligence Unit Corporal Lalith Rajapaksa was arrested for the assault and abduction of Keith Noyahr.The Magistrate ordered to further remand the suspect till August 23.

On a previous occasion, Attorney Ravi Mathugama appearing for the suspect informed court that the suspect was brought to the court premises for an identification parade without covering his face. Mathugama pleaded to cancel the identification parade for that reason.

Counsel Ravi Mathugama pleaded his client be granted bail. Responding to that, SSC Girihagama raised preliminary objections regarding the request made by the defence counsel.

Girihagama pleaded to commence an investigation regarding the carelessness of the Prison authority. She further pleaded to issue an order directing the Prisons Commissioner to hand over a detailed report regarding this matter.

“Later on, the Prison Commissioner’s report should be sent before the president of the Court of Appeal to study whether Prison officials has violated any court order or not”, SSC Girihagama added.

According to the statement given by the Army officer, who worked at the army safe house in Baduwatta Dompe, the officer revealed that former Army Intelligence Corporal Rajapaksa had taken a person to the safe house and he was the eye witness in this case. The witness also stated in his statement that the suspects used firearms to control Noyahr. The witness further stated that the suspects had used their officials weapons,” SSC Girihagama added.

Keith Noyahr and his family left for Australia soon after he was released by his abductors in 2008 and never returned save for brief visits, fearing reprisals. Noyahr was abducted outside his home in Dehiwela on May 22, 2008.The Magistrate fixed further inquiries for August 23.


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