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Wellampitiya Police OIC demands inquiry

15 May 2019 02:57 am - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Wellampitiya Police OIC Gamini Senarath Hewawithana has complained to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) demanding an inquiry against Colombo Magistrate Court Judge Priyantha Liyanage over the release of nine employees on bail of the copper factory in Wellampitiya.

It was reported that the factory, which belonged to the Cinnamon Grand suicide bomber Inshaf Ahamed, had been used to manufacture the explosives which were used in the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.

Nine out of the ten suspects arrested on April 21 were remanded till May 6 and granted bail on two sureties of Rs. 5 lakhs each due to insufficient evidence.

It was alleged that the workers were released because the Wellampitiya Police failed to mention the offences the suspects were alleged to have committed.

Filing the B report, the Wellampitiya Police had also informed the Magistrate that releasing the suspects would create public unrest and therefore it is better to keep them detained pending investigations.

Wellampitiya Police OIC had complaint to the JSC, that despite objection from the police, the Magistrate had acted biased by making his own decision to release the suspects.

A lawyer who appeared on behalf of one of the suspects had submitted an affidavit to the JSC stating that the Magistrate made the decision despite objection from the police.

The SIU decided on May 9 to launch an investigation into the matter where the court granted bail to the workers. It was alleged that police may have erred by not filing the case under Prevention of Terrorism Act because the investigations were yet to reach that level. He said that is why they requested more time from the Magistrate to complete the inquiry.

Last week, Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said disciplinary action will be taken against the personnel held responsible, no sooner the report from the SIU is produced. (Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 8

  • Sunil Wednesday, 15 May 2019 09:12 AM

    It seems the law and the political brigades in Sri Lanka ,at a time of extreme crisis is totally and utterly failing the people.Should not a Magistrate be sensitive to the issues at hand and support the police in their massive task of maintaining law and order rather than making egotistic and rather dangerous decisions that might plunge the country into more chaos.It is at a time of crises like this that we see the poor quality of people who have been entrusted with the task of governing and maintaining law and order in our country.On the Other hand should not the Attorney General have stepped in and sought an immediate stay order of the Magistrates decision rather than the silly action of reporting the Magistrate to the JSC .Is that not the right process to deal with a bad decision.Is the AG sleeping or what as has been the case for many years now .

    Pulsara Liyanage Wednesday, 15 May 2019 09:23 AM

    A very good move by the OIC of the Wellampitiya Police Station.

    Gratiaen Hewa. Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:13 AM

    I think that the OIC of Wellampitiya Police has taken the correct action in this matter.

    arun Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:17 AM

    Traitors should be disclosed.

    Nihal Gunatilake Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:24 AM

    OIC - This is not the correct procedure - complaint to the Judicial Commission- You can appeal to a higher court of law. This is not an administrative issue-this is a judicial/legal issue- bye- Nihal Gunatilake

    UniDon Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:00 AM

    Is this what 'One-Shot' revealed?

    kumar Wednesday, 15 May 2019 03:12 PM

    I understand that the judges can't give judgement at his own calculation. It is the duty of the Police to provide necessary documents .

    Sally Thursday, 16 May 2019 09:28 AM

    Shame. One of the TV news channel even viewed that after the the incident, goods had been taken from the site and delivered to another yard where the public had informed the authorities. Do you call this security?


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