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Court issues summons on Karannagoda, 13 others

The High Court Trial-at-Bar has issued summons on former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda and 13 others directing them to appear in court on January 24 in connection with the abduction, torture, extortion and conspiracy to murder eleven persons in 2008 and 2009.

Accordingly, indictments consisted with 667 counts under Penal Code would be served on fourteen accused on next call date.

Attorney General Dappula de Livera PC had earlier requested the Chief Justice to direct that criminal proceedings into this controversial case be instituted in the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar after considering the nature and the circumstances relating to the commission of the offence and the complex nature of the available evidence.

Taking into consideration the request, the Chief Justice had appointed a Trial-at-Bar Bench comprising High Court Judges Champa Janaki Rajarathne, Amal Ranaraja and Nawaratne Marasinghe to hear this case.

The indictments consisted with 667 counts had been filed against former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda, Navy officers D.K.P.Dasanayake, Sampath Munasinghe, Sumith Ranasinghe, Dilanka Senaratne, Nalin Prasanna Wickremasuriya, Anton Fernando, Rajapaksha Pathirannehelage Kitsiri, Aruna Thushara Mendis, Kathriarachchilage Gamini alias Ampara Gamini, Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi alias Navy Sampath, Upul Chaminda alias Annachchi, Nandapriya Hettihendi and Sampath Janaka Kumara alias Podi Kumara under Penal Code.

The Attorney General maintained that information has exhibited that the accused have committed punishable offences which come under Section 102, 113 A, 356, 338, 333, 198, 372, 32 and 296 of the Penal Code in respect of conspiracy, abduction with intent to secretly and wrongfully confine a person, wrongful confinement for the purpose of confinement, conspiracy to extort, extortion, giving false information and conspiracy to commit murder.

Those abducted and murdered were S.A. Leon Stanly, Roshan Leon Stanly, John Reed, Thiyagaraja Jhegan, Rajiv Naganadan, Ramalingam Thilakeshwaran, Pradeep Vishvanadan, Mohammed Saajith, Mohammed Dilan, Kasthuri Arachchilage Anthony and Mohammed Anwar Mubarak.

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