Video: Kondaya reveals his story to the media

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Dunesh Priyashantha alias ‘Kondaya’ today alleged he was coerced while in detention at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to sign a false statement indicating he had confessed to the killing of five-year-old Seya Sandewmi of Kotadeniyawa.

Appearing before the media for the first time just after he was granted bail by the Gampaha Magistrate, Dunesh charged that he was brutally beaten by the CID officers before he was forced to sign the lengthy confessional statement.

“I am not that literate. I did not make such a statement and therefore I did not know what the statement contained. I signed it because I was forced to do so after being beaten by the CID officers several times,” he said.

“I never assisted my brother to commit this crime. I have never seen daughter Seya neither had I any connections with her family. I did not even know that I was arrested on charges of molestation and the killing of Seya. I do not deny that I had a few court cases where I had been made guilty for one of my friend’s offences. I tried to avoid the police since I was scared that I would be arrested for those cases,” Dunesh said.

He revealed to the media that the tale on how Seya was murdered by Dunesh was something that was fabricated by the police. He said though he badly wanted to tell the court that he was not guilty, he feared for his life due to threats by the police.

He also said he had never been addressed as ‘Kondaya’ by anyone until he was arrested under suspicion over the killing of Seya. He said it was the media that branded him as ‘Kondaya’.

Explaining how he was maltreated at the CID, he said his face was covered with a gunny bag, dragged by his head along a concrete wall and beaten with clubs.

Meanwhile he said that his relationship was also broken after his name was linked with the killing. According to his revelations, it was not Dunesh who made the confessional statement where a dramatic tale has been fabricated.

Speaking at the media briefing Udul Premarathne, a lawyer from the Lawyers’ Organisation for Rights said Dunesh’s character was brutally destroyed by the media.

“Who is kondaya? Who dubbed that name? We could witness how our media and the so-called law enforcements acted in this particular case. Dunesh has not misled the CID or court by giving false statements. But, the CID compiled the statement with the intention of finishing the investigations soon. If the DNA technology was not available in our country, Dunesh would have been convicted to this case. Under such irresponsible law enforcements, imagine the state if the death penalty is enforced in our country? All innocent people will be killed in vain. So, we urge the authorities to look into this case seriously and re-consider establishing death penalty in the country,” Mr.Premarathne said. (Piyumi Fonseka)


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  • Mohan Bandara Tuesday, 27 October 2015 01:49 PM

    This man escaped due to Yahapalanaya !

    mano Saturday, 24 October 2015 12:52 AM

    Dunesh dont worry, next election you can come as CM or Mp, wish all the best.

    Cheers Saturday, 24 October 2015 02:16 AM

    The best of the law under UNP and Yahapalanaya now we know how golden was the UPFA regime far superior did not have this third grade acts

    somon Saturday, 24 October 2015 04:41 AM

    It is too late for the sugar coating !

    mallawa Sunday, 25 October 2015 01:18 PM

    Another helpless and poor Sri Lankan citizen abused by bloody politics and media hooligans

    kimberly Saturday, 24 October 2015 05:35 AM

    talk to the point, you talk utter rubbish. Make comment for the respective subject dont go here and there

    mahen,siriwardena Saturday, 24 October 2015 05:48 AM

    The incidence such as the Kondaya case is not one off but happens in all the 325 police stations every day. The only remedy is too weed off all unsuitable officers of what ever rank as soon as possible. If and when a few officers are brought before courts and sentenced severely that this rot would stop. Human rights must start here and not in Geneva

    galleguy Monday, 26 October 2015 12:28 PM


    mrgr Sunday, 25 October 2015 03:21 PM

    Yahapalanaya govt. Jayaweva, in the previous govt. no one allowed to speak against any govt. authority, "white van"previous govt. CID and other death squad still existing. to defame Yahapalanaya,now the time is to take action

    Road runner Saturday, 24 October 2015 06:47 AM

    Now he has all qualifications to become a politician. There is good hope to become MP Minister, pres....

    sathees Saturday, 24 October 2015 07:35 AM

    Now there is a POLICE commission. Take those cops to them. Let see how the new police commission works!

    Samanmali Saturday, 24 October 2015 05:47 PM

    Do not give so much publicity to these people.. High time he was caught even though he has not done the crime. Even though he did not do it now, he would have done crimes later.. At least now he knows what he will get if he ever do a rape or a killing.. People like them are dangerous to the society.. No woman should go even closer to such people.. Doing some wrong to a person is in their blood.. He knows who he is... so dont be fool by his innocence you see now,,,

    Justicia Saturday, 24 October 2015 08:28 AM

    Mr Police spokesman, what will be your spin on this revelation. The country yet awaits justice on the police barbaric actions on the earlier arrests of the School boy and the other individual. Media please bring these incidents up daily until the IGP wakes up.

    wasana Saturday, 24 October 2015 05:50 PM

    What nonesense are you talking about Leda.. These people can do a crime to the society any moment.. he missed the bus this time but he will sharpen his tool better next time.. Good he got from Police before he do crime to someone.. Dont be fool by his innocent talk now.. dont talk like an idiot..

    justicia again Saturday, 24 October 2015 08:51 AM

    Barbaric actions (by CID and Minuvangoda Police) does not augur well for the coming UNHRC investigations. The Police will have a field day with Females arrested. . Framing of false charges ( if they do not like your face), is a serious matter. . The time is ripe for a debate in Parliament to put a stop to such inhuman action by the Police/CID.

    ANTON Saturday, 24 October 2015 08:58 AM


    KUmari Saturday, 24 October 2015 07:58 PM

    This is just one case. CID officers re la unto themselvesThe officrs who are rep sable for this Should be punished and. removed. From their posts.

    ibadun Saturday, 24 October 2015 10:00 AM

    a victim faced a such sever situation... Just imagine about an accused and LTTE victim

    cwicks Saturday, 24 October 2015 10:46 AM

    please do not introduce a death penalty. innocent people are killed by governments around the world because of an obsession for so-called justice

    Rasheed Monday, 26 October 2015 03:16 PM

    Even the murder of Mother by the son for not giving the money to buy a present to his girl friend also would have been a forced confession.

    Labby Saturday, 24 October 2015 11:12 AM

    At this media briefing this man looks a sheep, but for what reason is he having pending court cases against him for criminal acts including burglary?

    Punchirala Friday, 23 October 2015 09:39 PM

    Charge those CID officers and send them to jail.

    Shan Friday, 23 October 2015 09:50 PM

    Our Police is good for nothing. CID is the latest addition. They commit more criminalities. You fellows will suffer worst, cursed on you barbaric animals.

    Sprag Saturday, 24 October 2015 11:37 AM

    Though this guy does not have done any offence ( DNA proof). This bugger and brother treat to the society... CID has done good job to bring this in light... This kondaya is a threat to the society... So be vigilant...

    Leda Friday, 23 October 2015 09:58 PM

    Dunesh Priyashantha take it easy.Even our war Hero sarth Fonseka humiliated than you in the prison. unlike previous regime at least now you are free and free to blast at police . Because of the sensitivity of the case even 17 old also arrested. I believe your arrest might help to arrest your brother. Please tolerate this as your final respect poor Seya. FYI ; in our country senior LTTE and JVP leaders are allow to live freely out side but mostly poor public and wrongly brain washed youngsters were killed in 1989 and 2009.

    Upul Wednesday, 28 October 2015 11:42 AM

    Kondaya looks like Wimal Weerawansa

    Athula Friday, 23 October 2015 10:22 PM

    Crime solving by our cops is like blind man hitting at dogs.

    OMG Saturday, 24 October 2015 12:39 PM

    All thanks to the President my3 and PM RW for giving the freedom of speech to all, imagine the advantage the MR

    RAVI Friday, 23 October 2015 10:47 PM

    Now can you imagine , how many Tamil youths must have been arrested by the CID, Police, and the forces with the same "Terror suspicious activities" .. they are still sitting in the jails without proper investigations. God save Sri Lanka from this government goons and thugs first...Dunesh Priyashantha ...peace on you.

    Sam Friday, 23 October 2015 10:56 PM

    If what he says is factually truthful, sue the police for wrongful arrest and unlawful confinement. Take the police to court on Fundamental rights violations. I am quite certain a lawyer would appear for this guy and collect his/her fees once the case is settled. Although the new govt is moving in the correct path, the administrators have yet to get used to the changes. Old habits die hard!!

    TONY Friday, 23 October 2015 11:18 PM


    TONY Friday, 23 October 2015 11:19 PM


    ganesh Sunday, 25 October 2015 10:23 AM

    This is what innocent Tamil undergone for at least 20 year. Sadly there is no DNA to bailout them. There are many innocent political prisoner who are treated in same way or ever worst by CID to get confessional statement. No body cares them. And no people sympathises for kondaya..

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