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Govt Analyst’s report on Garniar’s phone

The Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathna yesterday instructed the Attorney General’s Department to provide necessary legal instructions to the Criminal Investigations Department once the Government Analyst’s report was received pertaining to the mobile phone of Swiss Embassy employee Garniar Barister Francis.

The Chief Magistrate further ordered the CID to submit a report regarding the progress of the investigation into the incident on March 31.

Swiss Embassy employee Garniar Barister Francis is claiming that she was allegedly kidnapped and threatened by a group of unidentified persons. She is currently on bail.

The Magistrate had earlier issued an order directing the Government Analyst that an analytical report pertaining to the mobile phone belonging Swiss embassy staffer Garniar Barister Francis be submitted in court as a confidential report.

Senior State Counsel Lakmini Girihagama appearing on behalf of the Criminal Investigations Department also stated that CID recorded statement from former Criminal Investigations Department Director Shani Abeysekara regarding the incident. SSC Lakmini Girihagama further told court that the CID had obtained a report pertaining to the mobile phone belonging to former Sunday Observer editor Dharisha Bastians. According to the telephone conversation report, the CID had found a mobile phone number belonging to Sunday Observer news editor Anurangi Singh.

CID further stated that they had recorded a statement from Anurangi Singh on Monday (11). SSC Lakimini Girihagama also stated the CID is conducting further investigations into this incident.

Attorney Upul Kumarapperuma appearing on behalf of the suspect stated that his client’s statements was completely dependent on the information available on her mobile phone and pleaded to issue an order directing the dialog company to preserve his client’s mobile phone details. Counsel Upul Kumarapperuma further told the court that several news media institutions had misinterpreted facts about this case. The Magistrate stated that media institutes have a responsibility to provide accurate news to the public. The Magistrate instructed the defence counsel to submit a written application about his request. The Magistrate fixed further inquiries for March 31.

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