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Court directs Govt Analyst to report on former Sunday Observer Editor’s laptop

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne yesterday issued an order directing the Government Analyst to submit an analytical report pertaining to the laptop computer belonging to former of Sunday Observer Editor Dharisha Bastian.

The Magistrate made this order pursuant to a request made by counsel appearing on behalf of Dharisha Bastian. The Criminal Investigations Department yesterday informed the Magistrate that they seized the laptop computer belonging to the former Sunday Observer editor on June 9 at her father-in-law’s residence in Narahenpita.

The CID revealed this when the magisterial inquiry into alleged abduction of Swiss Embassy employee Garnier Banister Francis was taken up before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

“The CID had obtained a search warrant on June 9 according to information uncovered during investigations,”CID stated.

Counsel Shiraz Noordeen appearing on behalf of Dharisha Bastian informed court that the CID had taken his client’s laptop computer into CID custody on June 4 without a court order. “Due to this situation there is suspicion that the data in the computer could be altered,”Counsel Noordeen stated. The Counsel also pleaded to call for a government analyst’s report pertaining to his client’s laptop computer.

Swiss Embassy employee Garnier Banister Francis claimed that she was allegedly kidnapped and threatened by a group of unidentified persons. She is currently out on bail.

The Magistrate instructed the defense counsel to produce the father-in-law of Bastian before courts on the next calling date.The Magistrate further ordered the CID to submit a report regarding the progress of the investigation into the incident on July 21.


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