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Alleged death threats on President, Defence Secretary:

CID to record statements from gangster ‘Podi Lassie’

Galle Chief Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela yesterday permitted the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to record a statement from notorious gangster Arumahandi Janith Madushanka alias Podi Lassie and ordered to produce him in courts on September 25.

This is following submissions made jointly by the Attorney General’s Department and the Criminal Investigation Department.

The magistrate made the said order when Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris submitted a report over the alleged death threats made to the President, Defence Secretary and several high prison officials by Podi Lassie who is in remand prisons at Boossa, Galle.

In his submissions Deputy Solicitor General Peiris told court that on June 26 when a group of Prisons Commissioners visited the Boossa Detention Camp to investigate about a fasting launched by some detainees claiming that the facilities they were offered in prison were not adequate said Podi Lassie had openly threatened to kill the Prisons Commissioner General, the President, Defence Secretary and the members of their families.

It is a grievous matter that the gangs fortified with arms have dared to openly issue death threats to State officials and the CID had collected sufficient evidence in that respect, Peiris further stated.

“We have investigated that the criminals who are jailed were planning to bomb their rivals on their way to courts from the prison and it should be explored that how these criminals became so powerful and self-determined while they are undergoing jail terms”, he asserted.

The Deputy Solicitor General further submitted that Dharmakeerthige Tharak Perera Wijesekara alias Kosgoda Tharaka was in CID custody on detention orders in respect of a number of several criminal offences such as handling of firearms and drug trafficking and pleaded for permission to record a statement from Podi Lassie and to produce him before courts.

He also requested the magistrate to issue an order to the Police to enhance the security in and around the Galle Magistrate’s Court on the day Podi Lassie is brought to court.

The CID hopes to serve indictments against Podi Lassie soon, he said. The Galle Chief Magistrate allowed CID officials to record a statement from Podi Lassie and produce him before courts on September 25. He also ordered police to strengthen security in courts on that day.

ASP Merril Ranjan Lamahewa together with several other officials of Criminal Investigation Department assisted the Deputy Solicitor General in his submissions.

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