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Man who photographed VIPs at Amaradeva’s funeral remanded

9 November 2016 04:59 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A suspect who was arrested over suspiciously behaving and pretending as a journalist at the funeral of veteran musician W.D. Amaradeva at the Independence Square, where the President and other VIPs were present, was ordered to be remanded till November 15 by the Colombo Chief Magistrate today.

According to the prosecution, the suspect had behaved suspiciously taking photographs of the VIPs continuously pretending to be a journalist.

Police officers attached to the President’s Security Division (PSD) had apprehended the suspect at the funeral and handed him over to the Cinnamon Gardens Police, and later the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) took over the case.

The suspect, Sapumal Devinda Kumara, a resident of Kotahena, was later interrogated under Police custody for three days.

The Police said based on the inquiry conducted so far with assistance of the Terrorism Investigations Division, the CCD had informed court that the Police couldn’t uncover any previous connections of the suspect into terrorist activities.

The prosecution also said that the suspect had been produced before a JMO and conducted a medical test over his mental condition and the report was pending.

The CCD also informed the court further investigations were going on into the phone conversations of the suspect. The inquiry was initiated upon a complaint lodged by the PSD. (Shehan Chamika Silva)

  Comments - 9

  • mm Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:13 PM

    hmmm. are we on edge once more via DM iOS App

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:18 PM

    This is pure vulgar harassment using one's authority. Since when was their a law that one has to be a journalist to take photographs of VIP's. Any person has the right to take photographs of a public gathering with or without VIP's and if the VIP's do not wish to be photographed then they should not attend such functions. This is infringing on public rights.

    7stars Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:17 PM

    VIPs are gorgeous so how could any one ignore them. via DM Android App

    Madiya Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:31 PM

    Getting close to the white van culture!

    Appu Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:39 PM

    Only paper reporters allowed to take photos. Others are dangerous people.

    Yaha-Jaha Wednesday, 09 November 2016 06:22 PM

    These ignorant/lunatic magistrates bail out multi-billion crooks smuggling public money and LTTE terrorists like KP Karuna Muralidaran with no cases and bail out RADA thieves and murderers like Udalagama while innocent Sri Lankan singhalese like Sapumal are remanded. Curse on all the crooks including the former. Suspects of cases where there is concrere evidence like Malvana Mansion are going home freely while Sapumals who uses his camera to cap a pic of the politicos whom elected by votes of Sapumals are just being remanded. What a Democratic Country. Shame on the judiciary too.

    Yaha-Jaha Wednesday, 09 November 2016 06:29 PM

    Gon thadinge pics gahana eka terrorist act ekakda? Meetapasse anunge funerals walata mahajanayage chanden karapitin baleta aapu un enda epaa. Ahinsakayo allala boruwata kooduwata danawa.

    Ranjitdea Thursday, 10 November 2016 04:11 AM

    Are politicians VIPS?

    MRGR Thursday, 10 November 2016 12:53 PM


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