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Abduction of youth in Defender jeep:

Case against Hirunika fixed for May 4

The case against Colombo district UNP Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra, over her alleged involvement in the abduction of a youth using a Defender, was fixed yesterday for May 4 by the Colombo High Court.

When the case was taken up before Colombo High Court Judge Shashi Mahendran, the defence counsel informed court that her client was expecting to finish the case under Section 306 (b) of the Criminal Procedure Code, without pleading guilty to the charges, or without any penalty.

Accordingly, Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara, appearing on behalf of the Attorney-General, told court that the accused has the right to plead guilty, or be found guilty for the case. However, the State Counsel further informed court that he was ready for a trial. The court was informed that the defence is expected to make a submission to the Attorney-General regarding the matter.

After considering the circumstances, the judge ordered the case to be taken up again on May 4 and ordered the counsels of both sides to inform the court about the course of action to be taken on that day.

On a previous occasion, except Premachandra, eight other accused who pleaded guilty to their involvement in the abduction had been given a suspended prison sentence by the Colombo High Court.

The accused; Kelum Niranjana, Kasun Malinda, Ruwan Pushpakumara, Mohammed Rizwan, Pasindu Sanjeewa, P.S. Abeysiriwardena, Sanjeewa Kumara, and Jeganadacal; pleaded guilty to seven charges, which include abduction, aiding and abetting an abduction, and unlawful assembly. Apart from the abduction charges, the nine accused have been charged on 29 counts by the Attorney-General, including threatening, assaulting, and intimidating the victim, Amila Priyankara, after abducting him from Dematagoda.

The accused who were indicted are; Hirunika Premachandra, Kelum Niranjana, Kasun Malinda, Ruwan Pushpakumara, Mohammed Rizwan, Pasindu Sanjeewa, P.S. Abeysiriwardena, Sanjeewa Kumara, and Jeganadacal.

The complainant has alleged that he was abducted and assaulted by a group of people who came in a black Defender to Dematagoda on December 21, 2015.

Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara appeared on behalf of the Attorney-General, while Counsels Anura Seneviratne and Prasanna Ratwatta appeared on behalf of Hirunika Premachandra.

 


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