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Alleged youth abduction case:

Magistrate rejects request to release former CDS, Laksiri from case

Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake yesterday rejected the request made by defense counsel to release former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravindra Wijegunaratne and Lieutenant Commander Galagedara Laksiri from the case regarding the alleged abduction and forced disappearance of 11 youth in Colombo.

Former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravindra Wijegunaratne and Lieutenant Commander Galagedara Laksiri have been accused of aiding and abetting former Navy Lieutenant Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi to evade courts regarding this incident.

When the matter was taken up for inquiry, the Magistrate observed that the Criminal Investigations Department conducting the investigation has submitted sufficient evidence to file charges against the two suspects.

The Magistrate further observed that the second suspect, Galagedara Laksiri had prepared a visa for Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi to leave Malaysia using a fake passport. The Magistrate also stated that Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi also committed an offence under Section 45 (1) of the Immigration and Emigrants Act.

The Magistrate stated that he is required to clarify two facts regarding the investigations conducted by the CID. The Magistrate inquired from the CID whether they have impounded the National Identity Card and Passport which were prepared by suspect Hettiarachchi under a fake name Polwatta Gallage Ashoka.

The Magistrate also inquired from the CID whether they have conducted any investigation to verify the documents submitted by Chandana Prasad to the Immigration and Emigration Department to obtain a forged passport.

The Magistrate also stated that the High Court has already granted bail for Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi and imposed a travel ban on him.

The High Court also ordered the suspect to hand over his passports to court. The High Court had not ordered him to submit the fake passport obtained by Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi.

The suspect Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi has no barrier to flee the country.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) informed the court that they have already concluded the investigations into the incident. The CID also stated that they will send the extracts of the investigations to the Attorney General for further investigations.

The Magistrate ordered the Criminal Investigations Department to submit a report explaining whether former Lieutenant Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi will be named as a suspect or not regarding this case.

The Magistrate also instructed the CID to take further instructions from the Attorney General. The Magistrate fixed further inquiries for April 29.

 


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