Ex-Navy chief Karannagoda, 13 others indicted for abduction, torture, conspiracy to murder 11 persons | Daily News


High Court Trial-at-Bar requested for 2008-9 offences

Ex-Navy chief Karannagoda, 13 others indicted for abduction, torture, conspiracy to murder 11 persons

Attorney General Dappula de Livera PC has made the necessary arrangements to file indictments against former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda and 13 others in connection with the abduction, torture, extortion and conspiracy to murder 11 persons in 2008 and 2009.

Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara told news media that the indictments comprising 667 counts have already been prepared under the Penal Code and are to be dispatched to a High Court Trial-at-Bar once a directive is received from the Chief Justice.

The Attorney General has requested the Chief Justice to direct   that criminal proceedings into this controversial case be instituted in the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar after considering the nature and the circumstances relating to the commission of the offences and the complex nature of the available evidence.

The indictments are to be filed against former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda, navy officers D.K.P.Dasanayake, Sampath Munasinghe, Sumith Ranasinghe, Dilanka Senaratne, Nalin Prasanna Wickremasuriya, Anton Fernando, Rajapaksha Pathirannehelage Kitsiri, Aruna Thushara Mendis, Kathriarachchilage Gamini alias Ampara Gamini, Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi alias Navy Sampath, Upul Chaminda alias Annachchi, Nandapriya Hettihendi and Sampath Janaka Kumara alias Podi Kumara.

The Attorney General maintained that information has shown that the accused had committed punishable offences which come under section 102, 113 A, 356, 338, 333, 198, 372, 32 and 296 of the Penal Code in respect of conspiracy, abduction with intent to secretly and wrongfully confine a person, wrongful confinement for the purpose of confinement, conspiracy to extort, extortion, giving false information and conspiracy to commit murder.

Those abducted and murdered were S.A. Leon Stanly, Roshan Leon Stanly, John Reed, Thiyagaraja Jhegan, Rajiv Naganadan, Ramalingam Thilakeshwaran, Pradeep Vishvanadan, Mohammed Saajith, Mohammed Dilan, Kasthuri Arachchilage Anthony and Mohammed Anwar Mubarak.

The CID had commenced investigations into the abduction and disappearance of 11 persons based on a written complaint by then Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda to the DIG CID on May 28, 2009 against his personal security officer, then Lt. Commander Sampath Munasinghe following which the CID was able to uncover the Navy’s involvement with the abductions.

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