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HC issues warrants on Hirunika

Colombo High Court issues warrant on former MP Hirunika Premachandra for not appearing in Court, over her alleged involvement in the abduction of a youth using a Defender jeep.

 


Update:

Hirunika granted bail after surrendering to Court

Dilshan Tharaka

Former UNP MP Hirunika Premachandra was released on bail after she surrendered to the Colombo High Court yesterday.

The Colombo High Court earlier yesterday issued a warrant on former UNP Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra for not appearing before the Court over the case of her alleged involvement in the abduction of a youth using a Land Rover Defender vehicle.

When the case was taken up before Colombo High Court Judge Amal Ranaraja neither the accused Hirunika Premachandra nor a lawyer appeared for her.

Accordingly, the High Court Judge ordered that a warrant be issued on her. Following that, accused Hirunika Premachandra appeared before the Court through her lawyer.

Attorney-at-Law Abhimani Randeniya appearing for accused Premachandra, stated that her client Premachandra had appeared in a case before the Court of Appeal at the time and that she (the accused) was nursing her 1 1/2 month old infant outside the Court and had inadvertently missed the time to appear in Court.

The lawyer apologised and gave an undertaking to Court and ensured that such an omission would not happen again.

She pleaded with the Court and prayed for the withdrawal of the warrant issued against the accused on humanitarian grounds.After considering the facts, the Colombo High Court Judge ordered to withdraw the warrants on the accused Hirunika Premachandra. The case will be taken up again on June 17.

On a previous occasion, the eight other accused, except Hirunika Premachandra, who pleaded guilty for their involvement in the abduction had been given a suspended prison sentence by the Colombo High Court.

The accused; Kelum Niranjana, Kasun Malinda, Ruwan Pushpakumara, Mohammed Rizwan, Pasindu Sanjeewa, P.S. Abeysiriwardena, Sanjeewa Kumara and Jeganadacal pleaded guilty to seven charges including abduction, aiding and abetting abduction and unlawful assembly.

Apart from the abduction charges, the nine accused have been charged on 29 counts by the Attorney General including threatening, assaulting and intimidating the victim Amila Priyankara after allegedly abducting him in Dematagoda. The accused who were indicted are; Hirunika Premachandra, Kelum Niranjana, Kasun Malinda, Ruwan Pushpakumara, Mohammed Rizwan, Pasindu Sanjeewa, P.S. Abeysiriwardena, Sanjeewa Kumara and Jeganadacal.

The complainant Amila Priyankara alleged that he was abducted and assaulted by a group of people who came in a black Defender to Dematagoda on December 21, 2015.