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Four Habeas Corpus petitions withdrawn

The four Habeas Corpus petitions filed by wives of four Army intelligence officers arrested and detained in connection with the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda were yesterday withdrawn by the petitioners citing that they have no necessity to proceed with them. Senior Counsel Ranil Samarasuriya with Didula Rajapaksha and Sudantha Bandara appearing for the petitioners informed Court of Appeal that their clients were currently in the judicial custody and thereby there is no necessity to proceed with the petitions. Taking into consideration the facts Court of Appeal Justice (President) Vijith K. Malalgoda allowed the petitioners to withdraw their petitions and terminated the court proceedings pertaining to the applications.

In these petitions four wives of the detained army intelligent officers namely N. Sudharshi, P.N. Samanthi, L.D. Jayasekara and M. Karunaratne sought an order directing the respondents to produce their detained husbands in court and release them.

The petitioners stated the respondents had made arrangements and had obtained a Detention Order to detain Corporal Anura Jayalath, Staff Sergeant R.M. Priyantha, Lt. Colonel S.A. Kumararatne and Lt. T.T. Prabodha under section 9(1) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act No.48 of 1979. They stated that arrest of their husband allegedly for their purported involvement in the incident pertaining to Prageeth Eknaligoda is illegal, unlawful, contrary to law, wrong, erroneous and bad in law in as much the evidence in the Homagama MC does not reflect any incriminatory material against the detainees.

Additional Solicitor General Milinda Gunatilleke appeared for the Attorney General. 


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