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Youth abduction case :

CID ordered to submit copies of unedited video clips

Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake yesterday ordered the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to submit copies of the unedited video clips, which they have obtained from television channels pertaining to the allegations made by two persons during a press conference on December 6,2019.

The above two people were identified as Thushara Mendis and K.A.Gamini. They had earlier in remand over an abduction case. They were later released on bail.

Thushara Mendis and K.A.Gamini had participated at a media conference which has been organized by the ‘War Heroes for Motherland’ organization on December 6,2019. The CID informed court that the two suspects had made several allegations regarding the investigation officials and the ongoing investigation about a youth abduction case.

The Magistrate had earlier issued an order directing several television channels to handover unedited video clips to the CID pertaining to a media conference. The Criminal Investigations Department informed the court that they have already received a few unedited video clips regarding the above media conference.

President’s Counsel Anil Silva appearing on behalf of K.A.Gamini told the court that his client had not revealed any details about the abduction of 11 youth, at the press conference. PC Anil Silva also stated that K.A.Gamini’s wife had revealed several details.

“Several CID sleuths had gone to K. Gamini’s residence on 2018 but the suspect had not been there. The CID officials had told K.Gamini’s wife that her husband had been named as a suspect of the abduction of 11 youth.

CID officials had pressured them to give false evidence in the case over the abduction of 11 youth in 2008. Those CID officers had promised to send their family to Australia. After that, her husband had surrendered to the CID on January,15, 2018 and was arrested by the CID on the same date. On January 8, 2018,K.A.Gamini’s wife had lodged a complaint before the Human Rights Commission regarding the incident. No one had taken legal action against the complaint lodged by her. Therefore, K.A.Gamini’s wife had revealed this information to the public during a press conference,” President’s Counsel Anil Silva added.

The President’s Counsel also stated that freedom of expression is not prohibited by any legal provision.

Criminal Investigations Department officials informed court that the victims have not yet made their statements.

The Magistrate urged the CID not to be oblivious to what is going on. The Magistrate also pointed out that as investigation officers; they have to record statements from the victims. The Magistrate fixed further inquiries into this matter for January 21.

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