The Attorney General advised today the CID to file charges against 13 suspects including parliamentarian Duminda Silva over the murder of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra and two others in Kollonnawa.
Then the CID filed charges of murder, conspiracy, attempted murder and unlawful assembly with a common intention against the suspects before the Colombo Magistrates court today.
Counsel Upul Kumarapperuma appearing for Mr. Premachandra’s wife asked Court to issue warrants for the arrest of Parliamentarian Duminda Silva and D.M.P.J. Galaboda because the Magistrate had the Jurisdiction to do so.
President Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya appearing for Duminda Silva said his client was a victim in the incident who had sustained deadly injuries to his skull. He said the doctors who treated him had asserted that at least another 18 months would be needed for his client to recover.
He said during the inquiry before the preceding Magistrate the counsel for Mr. Premachandra’s wife moved to issue warrants for the arrest of Duminda Silva which the court had declined.
Mr. Warnakulasuriya said t at this stage the court could not issue a warrant against Duminda Silva and moved for a longer date to hear the case as the prosecution has to go through a large number of documents and statements before filing the extracts in court.(TFT)