Eight suspects including the Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman who were in remand for nearly 11 months over the alleged killing of a Briton and criminal assault on a Russian woman in Tangalle on Christmas Day last year were today released on bail.
Tangalle Provincial High Court Judge Lalith Wijesekera ordered the suspects to mark their presence at the Tangalle Police Station on the first and third Sundays of each month and warned them not to intimidate the witnesses. He said if his instructions were violated he would be compelled to extend re-remand them.
The Judge ordered the suspects to surrender their passports to any court and in the absence of a passport an affidavit to be sworn to that affect.
He instructed the suspects not to change their residences, and that those signing as sureties should be residents of an area within the jurisdiction of Tangalle High Court and certified by the Grama Niladhari.
The following are the suspects granted bail: Tangalle PS chairman Sampath Chandra P. Vidanapathirana; W.P. Chaturanga; O.A. Lahiru Kelum; U.S. Deshapriya (Pannipitiya), M.S. Sarath alias Sahan, S.P.J. Chaturanga; H.P. Nuwan Chintaka and E.P. Nadeera.
They were indicted on charges of having shot to death M.Z. Shaif (32) a Briton and inflicting serious injuries to his Russian fiancée Victoria Alexandra (23) at Medilla guest house in Tangalle on Christmas Day last year.
Attorneys Nishantha Sandhabarana, Upali Mohotti, Iroshini Ramasinghe and Nilushi Weeraratne appeared for the defence while the prosecution was led by Aparna Suwandurugoda. (Ariyadasa Kodituwakku)
buffaloa citizen Monday, 19 November 2012 10:59
Hurrah, Sri Lanka the only country in the world where persons with political connections are exempted from going to jail for murder and even if cornered, you get not more than one year. Hurrah to the sinhalese race...may it live long as example of sheer impunity in criminality. Lets wave the lion flag even higher on this occassion.
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Lokka Monday, 19 November 2012 12:52
ADO BUFFALOA CITIZEN. ARE YOU A RACIST.?
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richardson Monday, 19 November 2012 17:01
Why not send him to U K as the S L High Com.
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Political Illiterate Monday, 19 November 2012 17:16
Forthcoming Christmas Spirit of Compassion Amity well displayed and is welcome.
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human Tuesday, 20 November 2012 05:52
this time he will kill some other asian country guys.then he can come out in 14 days.hahahah
what a law & judges
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Dunya Tuesday, 20 November 2012 05:57
They have been released to celebrate the X,mas again with another Mayhem
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Thomas Tuesday, 20 November 2012 05:58
These politicians should be kept behind bars, since they could interfere with the investigations, and influence the witnesses
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Nadi Tuesday, 20 November 2012 07:43
Why not already tried and judgement given as no shortage of evidence? Jungle law on pardise island. Who to blame? Those who think they are the only law and that guns and thuggery are all the people deserve.
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jehan Tuesday, 20 November 2012 08:16
Is this a new initiative to boost tourism in Tangalle?
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Ralph Anthony Tuesday, 20 November 2012 08:46
How funny it is to set free Murders. I too feel that this is the only country where criminal and murders, with political backing are set free.
Once Again HURRA TO SRI LANKA. Please keep it up.
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dna Wednesday, 21 November 2012 02:32
Promoting tourism hahahahaha...
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Banda Wednesday, 21 November 2012 07:17
This is "Sri Lankan style".
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