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Karannagoda seeks remedies from CA, ASG objects

Former Navy Commander Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda has filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal challenging indictments filed against him at Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar.

Meanwhile, Additional Solicitor General Sarath Jayamanna appearing for the Attorney General raised objections for this writ petition stating that the Court of Appeal has no jurisdiction to intervene into High Court trial proceedings.This application is to be taken up for further hearing on June 25.

This is in connection with the abduction of eleven persons in 2008 and 2009.

When the petition came up before the Court of Appeal two-judge-bench comprising Justice (President) A.H.M.D.Nawaz and Justice Sobhitha Rajakaruna, President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva appearing for the former Navy Commander sought an interim order staying proceedings against his client at the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar.

In his submissions, Romesh de Silva PC informed court that the Attorney General had filed indictments against his client contrary to the laws. He complained that it has taken more than ten years to name his client as a suspect into this abduction case without sufficient evidence.

Silva further submitted to court that investigations against his client had been carried out by Inspector Nishantha Silva under the instructions of former CID Director Shani Abeysekara.

De Silva further told court that Inspector Nishantha Silva had carried out investigations to serve the needs of International Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and he has fled to Switzerland.

He further submitted to court that his client had named as a suspect solely based on a statement made by former Navy Commander Travis Sinniah.

On January 24, the Court served indictments on 13 accused including Navy intelligence officials in connection with the abduction, torture, extortion and conspiracy to murder eleven persons in 2008 and 2009.

Accordingly, indictments consisting 667 counts under the Penal Code were served on thirteen accused except former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda who was named as the fourteenth accused.

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