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‘AG told to halt abduction cases against Karannagoda, Dasanayake’

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to look into alleged political victimization of public servants has advised the Attorney General to suspend the examination of cases involving former Navy Commander Admiral of the fleet Wasantha Karannagoda and former Navy spokesman Rear Admiral D K P Dasanayake, the Commission said in a statement yesterday.

“The Commission has arrived at this decision on January 23 after taking up two complaints made by former Navy Commander Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda bearing number 010 and former Navy spokesman Rear Admiral D.K.P. Dasanayake on January 22, for consideration,” the statement said.

The Commission said that it has seriously considered the complaints made by the naval officers that legal action was being taken against them before a Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar based on political influence.

The Commission further said: “President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed this Commission of Inquiry to investigate allegations of political victimization as well as interference and undue influence on the judiciary and police during the past regime in the wake of the flood of revelations of interference in police and legal matters and other abuses of power during the previous government.

The PCoI has advised the Attorney General that the cases be put on hold until investigations being conducted by the Commission concludes and the Commission has conveyed its decision to the Attorney General on January 23.

The Commission has prevented the Attorney General or AG department officials from taking evidence or prosecuting the complainants until the Commission’s recommendations with regard to the complaints made by these officers are handed over to the President.

Former Naval Commander Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda and and former Navy spokesman Rear Admiral D.K.P.Dassanayake have been indicted at the Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar over the abduction and disappearance of 11 youth in 2008 and 2009.

The commission has been empowered to look into the alleged political revenge on government officials, employees of the State Corporations, members of the armed forces and the police who held positions prior to the 2015 presidential election and the general election in August, during the period from January 08, 2015 to November 16, 2019. The Commisison is chaired by retired Supreme Court judge Upali Abeyratne and comprises Retired Appeal Court judge Daya Chandrasiri Jayatilleke and Retired IGP Chandra Fernando as members.


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