Shani discharged from Magistrate’s Court proceedings

25 August 2023 01:49 pm – 3      – 970

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Former CID Director SSP Shani Abeyesekara along with Sub Inspector Sugath Mendis and Nishantha Silva were today discharged from the Gampaha Magistrate’s Court proceedings.

The Colombo Crimes Division objected to the discharge despite the Attorney General’s advice.

However, following submissions made by counsel on behalf of Abeysekara and the other suspects, Gampaha Magistrate Shilani Perera discharged all four suspects.

The two police officers were arrested and remanded for 11 months in connection with allegations that they had planted weapons in certain premises to frame former DIG Vaas-Gunawardena who was convicted along with his son and four others by a Trial-at-Bar for murdering millionaire businessman Mohomed Shyam.

The arrest came right after the 2019 Presidential election with the new regime in power and was viewed as a witch hunt against the former director. After 11 months in remand, the Court of Appeal granted bail to both, stating that the entire case was a fabrication.

However, despite the Court of Appeal judgment, Gampaha Magistrate’s Court Judge Manjula Karunarathna refused to discharge the accused from proceedings and accordingly the case continued in the Magistrate’s Court, Gampaha. However, the Attorney General had advised that the accused be discharged from the proceedings.

Counsel Chaminda Athukorala together with Hafeel Farisz, Sanjeewa Kodithuwakku and a host of other lawyers appeared for the suspects.(Lakmal Sooriyagoda)


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