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Welikada prison riot: Accused advised to behave in responsible manner

The Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar hearing Welikada prison riot case yesterday sternly advised the accused to behave in a responsible manner.

The Trial-at-Bar bench warned the accused that bail can be revoked in the event of violating existing legal provisions.

When the case was taken up before the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar bench comprising three High Court judges Gihan Kulathunga (President), Pradeep Hettiarachchi and Manjula Thilakarathna, Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Dilan Ratnayake appearing on behalf of the Attorney General alleged that Moses Rangajeewa attached to the Police Narcotics Bureau and Magazine Prison Superintendent Emil Ranjan who have been named as the accused in the case had made statements which are contemptuous to the judicial process.

The Court was informed that these statements had been made by the accused before the media after testifying before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI).

The DSG sought an appropriate order regarding the conduct of the accused since it adversely affected the court proceedings.

The case will be taken up again on July 1 for further trial.

The Attorney General had filed indictment comprising 33 charges against the Moses Rangajeewa attached to the Police Narcotics Bureau and Magazine Prison Superintendent Lamahewage Emil Ranjan and Prison officer Indika Sampath over the killing of eight inmates during the Welikada Prison Riots that took place on November 9, 2012.

The eight prison inmates who were killed in the incident are Kankanamalage Malinda Nilendra Pelpola alias Malan, Attapattu Sangakkara Nirmala Atapattu, Mohammed Wijaya Rohana alias Gundu, Chinthamani Mohottige Thushara Chandana alias Kalu Thushara, Asarappulige Jothipala alias Kapila, Harshan Sri Manakeerthi Perera alias Manju Sri , Raigamage Susantha Perera alias Mala Susantha and Devamullage Malith Sameera Perera alias Konda Amila.

Deputy Solicitor General Dilan Ratnayake with Senior State Counsel Madhawa Tennakoon appeared for the Attorney General. President’s Counsel Anuja Premaratne with Nalinda Indatissa appeared for the AG.


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