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In an apparent bid to defuse potential future public unrest, in the wake of Thursday's commotion in Kahawatte following the Colombo High Court verdict on the Kotakethana double murder suspects, police said it would file an appeal in the coming days.

Responding to a series of questions raised by journalists at today news briefing, Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said the police would discuss with the Attorney General to look at the possibility of making an appeal against the verdict.

The journalists said the police’s inability to facilitate the case with sufficient and strong evidence had led to the judiciary to acquit the three suspects and they could not prove their alleged connection to the case beyond reasonable doubt.

They said an entire village was distressed by the series of events that took place earlier and the people continue to live in fear and Thursday's unrest was triggered by this agitation.

They questioned the rationale in using water cannon and riot squads to disperse these people who cried out of genuine fear.

The spokesman responded saying the investigators had done their best to support this case but since the scientific evidence did not tally, the judiciary had to acquit the suspects after a fair trial. (Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana and Sanath Desmond)
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  • mountain Sunday, 31 May 2015 09:51 AM

    Then The Judge Must Resign. via DM Android App

    Hadi Sheriff Saturday, 30 May 2015 09:59 AM

    Well said I too said the same thing before.

    Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:05 AM

    Difference between LAW

    Piumi Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:16 AM

    If they are innocent where the exact murder? take them in soon before taking place another crime.

    UDUGAMPOLA Friday, 29 May 2015 10:01 PM

    Sri Lankan Police consists of Murders, Drug dealers, Bar partners, Rapist, Bribe collectors and all kind of criminals. How can we trust them ?

    Push Friday, 29 May 2015 10:09 PM

    As long as rampant corruption prevails in the police dept. this kind of things cannot be prevented.

    Premalal Friday, 29 May 2015 10:16 PM

    Why and how could such an experienced police force so blatantly bungle such an important murder investigation should itself be fully investigated. It appears that the police were building a case on behalf of the accused.

    P.Nonis Saturday, 30 May 2015 11:01 AM

    It is the judiciary who should eliminate corrupt police officers who should be interdicted and charge in a court of law until proven not guilty.Thuggery and misuse of police powers too should be charged and punished in a court of Law. condemning the police for doing their duty should also be investigated and the reporters taken and questioned of the in accurate and false reporting.This what yahpalanaya should have done, but it seems that these investigations have made the country more unstable politically and the voters confused due to the sudden activities and actions of the judiciary with the police and the ruling politicians.

    Perumal Saturday, 30 May 2015 07:24 PM

    Kapila, You are right! The person indicated by DNA typing must have had political and/or police support!!!!

    CSM Saturday, 30 May 2015 12:21 PM

    I have followed this case. From the DNA evidence it is one man who is involved in all murders. A serial killer. Apparently a sex pervert . However the police is misleading the public and giving in to a high powered hand behind all these killings and also covering up the drug trade in the area.

    CSM Saturday, 30 May 2015 12:24 PM

    No not the judiciary they acted on the available evidence. The police is fabricating the case.

    Subha Saturday, 30 May 2015 12:34 AM

    SL judiciary is the worst, most shameless, most corrupt, immoral judiciary in the whole world..

    Csm Saturday, 30 May 2015 12:26 PM

    In this case the evidence was convincing that the accused were not the murderer as proved by DNA testing.

    mahen.siriwardena Saturday, 30 May 2015 01:38 AM

    My own brother was one of the most senior police officers who was next to the then IG.Now, to blame the police for not having convictions in courts and seemingly endless culprits, whether, rouges, rapists et al get away because 0f 0ne reason. ie that the constable, a young rookie does not know how to make a proper entry, This is the fact. In the years gone by, the veteren officer took enough time to record the complaints correctly. The result was that 80% of the criminals got locked up and some for good. Now it is the reverse with 80% of offenders just get away as the case above

    Sonali Saturday, 30 May 2015 02:06 AM

    If its " police’s inability to facilitate the case with sufficient and strong evidence" then they should shut down police stations. How do you trust a law enforcement agency if they cannot carry out a simple task as gathering evidence. Looks more like underworld against the poor.

    raj Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:19 PM

    Sri Lankan law enforcement can be easily bribed. As a result, Sri Lanka is lacking ability in delivering justice to victims of crimes

    minimora Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:03 AM

    I think police has no proper knowledge what they are doing.If those 3 people are actually innocent then there is no point of appealing again. Then police need to find the real killers without wasting time

    Saliya Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:38 AM

    If the scientific evidence didnt tally then whats the purpose of appealing via DM Android App

    Tony Saturday, 30 May 2015 07:51 AM

    Why police was so incapable of investigations. No-one had killed them and these people have committed suicide; so people getting the message how Yahapalanaya going to be in future. Were these judges from Jayalalitha case?

    kapila Saturday, 30 May 2015 07:57 AM

    The case failed because police had used trumped up evidence to try to convict innocent men while it was evident by DNA evidence all the murders were done by the same man. Why fools in dailymirror could do some solid journalism?

    Gongo Saturday, 30 May 2015 08:04 AM

    POLICE Department in Sri Lanka. They are not guardians of the Law and Peace makers. They are thugs and malicious criminals in uniform.


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