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Rathgama businessmen abduction and murder case

Seventeen suspects further remanded, bail order postponed

Galle Chief Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela further remanded the 17 suspects in the case regarding the abduction and murder of two businessmen from Rathgama, until September 16, when they were produced before him yesterday.

IP Kapila Nishantha De Silva, SI H.G. Viraja Madusanka, Constable H.G. Chanaka , Beat Officer K. Marshal Thusara Nalinda, former OIC of SP Special Crime Investigation Unit, IP E.A. Saman Rohana, SI Vidanage Thilakarathna and Constable Upul Ranjith, IP Wimalarathna, SI Wimalasiri, Sergeants Premalal and Chaminda, Constables Sanath and Vidanagama, Police driver Jayarathna and Walasmulla Forest Ranger S.J.B. Suvaris, Constables Anil Kumara and Ragamunige Wijitha Kumara are the 17 suspects who were further remanded

The suspects are charged with the abduction of two businessmen, Gonapinuwalage Asela Manjula Kumara and Kosma Rassik Chinthaka of Rathna Udagama, Rathgama, in Galle, on January 23, conspiring to murder and burn them, and aiding to carry out the crime.

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) submitting a further report told court that they obtained an analytical report on the mobile phone used by the first respondent according to which it was disclosed that the suspect had used a false address to obtain a SIM card. CID official further stated that another suspect linked to the crime was to be arrested and he had fled his residence.

Although the order regarding the bail applications filed by the suspects was to be delivered yesterday, it was postponed to September 18, 19 and 20, as the High Court judge was absent.

The lawyer for the aggreived party making a submission told the Magistrate that on July 7, the previous trial date of the case, a suspect on board the prison bus had threatened a brother of one of the slain businessmen when he went close to the bus, saying that he would commit the same crime on him also as was committed on his brother.

Responding to the aggrieved party lawyer’s submission, the Magistrate warned that there was no need for anyone to approach the prison vehicle while the suspects were on board and punishment for a crime would be delivered on completion of the hearing. However, the Magistrate cautioned the aggrieved party that he himself had observed their conduct at the court premises and affirmed that they will be legally dealt with if they continue the same behavior before him.

IP Ikbal with Sergeant Amila of the CID prosecuted and a group of attorneys including Ravi Domingo, Pradeepa Madanayaka, and P.K.L. Bandara looked after the interests of the suspects.

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