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CA orders not to remove Wele Suda from Boossa prison

The Court of Appeal yesterday issued an order preventing the prison authorities from removing convicted prisoner Gampala Widanage Samantha Kumara alias Wele Suda from the Boossa Prison premises.

The Court of Appeal directed prison authorities to maintain the status quo (maintain existing state of affairs) regarding the custody of convicted prisoner Wele Suda until May 24. The Court of Appeal two-judge-bench  comprising Justice Arjuna Obeysekera and Justice Priyantha Fernando made this order pursuant to a writ petition filed by the mother of the convicted prisoner Gampala Widanage Samantha Kumara alias Wele Suda.

In her petition, Rajagalgoda Gamage Malani, a resident of Dehiwala had sought an order directing prison authorities to take appropriate steps necessary to ensure the safety of her son while he is in custody.

President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva appearing for the petitioner informed Court that his client is in fear that her

son would be imminently handed over to the custody of police officers, after which he would be killed, in a similar manner as it has happened to several other suspects. De Silva emphasised the necessity of issuing an interim order in view of the grave urgency on account of imminent danger to the life of his client’s son. The Court of Appeal directed the petitioner to serve notices on the respondents. The petitioner has named Inspector General of Police, Commissioner General of Prisons, Superintendent Boossa Prison and the Attorney General as respondents. The Petitioner states that several other persons alleged to be leading underworld figures in Sri Lanka have recently been killed while in police custody, namely Dineth Melan alias Uru Juwa on or about 11 May 2021, and Tharaka Wijesekera alias Kosgoda Tharaka on or about 13th May 2021. The petitioner states that the said killings took place after representations were made to the Police regarding the safety of the said persons who were killed. The Petitioner states further that the Attorney at Law for the said Tharaka Wijesekera has specifically warned on social media that his client would be killed, just hours prior to the said killing. The Petitioner states that previously, Madush Lakshitha alias Makandure Madush was also killed in police custody on or about 20th October, 2020.

The Petitioner states that the Bar Association of Sri Lanka has condemned the said killings, stating that they have all the hallmarks of extra judicial killings.

President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva with counsel Niran Anketell and Asela Muthumudalige under the instructions of Attorney-at-Law Sanath Wijewardane appeared for the petitioner.