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Abduction of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda

Case fixed for February 20

The case filed against nine army intelligence officers in connection with the abduction and murder of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda was yesterday fixed for February 20 by the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar.

When the case was yesterday taken up before the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar bench comprising High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne, and Gihan Kulatunga, court was informed by the defence that they were unable to access the computer evidence related to the 10 mobile phones to testify before court and sought a court order to investigate the equipment which generated the documents.

Court allowed the defence to examine the computer evidence and service providers including Dialog, Mobitel and Hutch were ordered to allow the defence to access the computer evidence and investigate the equipment. The case will be taken up again on February 20.

On a previous hearing, the nine accused were ordered to be released on previous bail conditions imposed by the Magistrate’s Court. Accordingly, each of accused was ordered to be released on a cash bail of Rs. 1.5 million with two sureties of Rs. 3 million and impose travel ban against all the accused.

The Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar also ordered to release all the accused after accepting the previous bail conditions.

The Attorney General had filed indictments, comprising 17 charges under Section 450(4) of the Criminal Procedure Act No 15 of 1979 as amended by Act No 21 of 1988 in the High Court against nine army intelligence officers attached to the Giritale Army Camp in connection with the abduction and murder of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda.

The Attorney General had named Lieutenant Colonel Shammi Arjun Kumararatne, R.M.P.K. Rajapaksa alias Nadan, W. W. Priyantha Dilanjan Upasena alias Suresh, S.M. Ravindra Rupasena alias Ranji, Y.M Chaminda Kumara Abeyratne, S. M. Kanishka Gunaratne, Aiyyasami Balasubramaniyam, D.G.T Prasad Gamage and T.E.R. Pieris as accused of abduction charges.

Senior State Counsel Sudarshana de Silva appeared for the Attorney General. President’s Counsel (PC) Anil de Silva, PC Anura Maddegoda and PC Anuja Premarathna appeared for the defence.

High Commissioner, Islamic Republic of Pakistan Major General (Rtd.) Muhammad Saad Khattak met SLMC Leader, Former Minister Rauff Hakeem MP at his residence on Wednesday (12) and discussed matters on bilateral issues and mutual interests. Deputy High Commissioner Tanvir Ahmad also participated.


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