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Thajudeen murder case:

Court upholds defence preliminary objection

Preliminary objection raised by the defence over the case filed against former Chief Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) Prof. Ananda Samarasekara over concealing evidence relating to the murder of national ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen was yesterday upheld by the Colombo High Court.

The case was taken up before Colombo High Court Judge Manjula Thilakaratne. He observed that the Attorney General has opportunity to amend the charges and the accused can be released if Attorney General failed to do so.

Accordingly, Deputy Solicitor General Dilan Ratnayake, who appeared on behalf of the Attorney General, presented an amended charge sheet and the accused informed that he was not pleading guilty to the allegation.

The Defence also made a preliminary objection to the amended indictment and the judge ordered to the defence to produce their submission before the court regarding the objection on the next trial date.

The case was fixed for trial on February 24 by Court and summons were issued on four prosecution witnesses.

On the earlier occasion, the indictments were served at the Colombo High Court and also granted bail to Prof. Samarasekara after serving the indictments. He was released on two sureties of Rs. 1 million and a cash bail of Rs. 25, 000.

The Attorney General filed charges under section 198 of the Penal Code against the former Chief JMO.

In the indictments, the Attorney General charged that Prof. Samarasekara had assigned two junior medical officers to conduct Thajudeen’s post mortem although the procedure required that he conduct the first post mortem himself.

 


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