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Parliamentarian Duminda Silva’s official bodyguard who was alleged to have shot former parliamentarian and presidential adviser Baratha Lakshman Premachandra on Election Day at Mulleriyawa was remanded till October 18, pending an identification parade.

Police constable Anura Thushara De Mel attached to the Mirihana Police Station and assigned as Mr. Silva’s official bodyguard was identified at the CID office by Mr. Premachandra’s driver Santha Perera.

The driver alleged that at the time of the tragedy he was driving Mr. Premachandra’s vehicle towards the Angoda junction, with two other cars following them. A convoy of about 20 cars that came from the opposite direction blocked the road opposite the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Library at Walpola.

The driver said Mr. Premachandra who was seated next to the driver, got down from the car while Mr. Silva also got down from his car.

He said an argument ensued between the two when Mr. Silva suddenly slapped Mr. Premachandra who fell down. The driver alleged that Mr. Silva then shot Mr. Premachandra on his head and shouted to his bodyguards asking them to shoot Mr. Premachandra. At that point the bodyguard is alleged to have shot Mr. Premachadra with his T-56 assault rifle.

The CID in its report to the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court said they had recovered a T-56 assault rifle issued to the suspect and some used bullets.
Magistrate Prasanna De Alwis directed the CID to produce the suspect for an identification parade next Tuesday. (T.Farook Thajudeen)
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  • Kamal Thursday, 13 October 2011 02:17 AM

    So the driver identifies the suspect and now they want to put him in an Identification Parade... to be identified?

    Do they think people in Sri Lanka are that stupid? OK, don't answer that question.

    I bet there will be no one to identify him or someone (probably some policeman) will end up identifying some other guy and the whole thing will be thrown out because the suspect can not be identified correctly. This sure is a Miracle after all.

    glen Thursday, 13 October 2011 03:58 AM

    What about Duminda himself? When will he be arrested???

    Ananda Seneviratne, Thursday, 13 October 2011 04:18 AM

    Duminda Silva's parliament membership should be removed as well as should expell from the SLFP or UPFA. He and his body gueard should serve life in prisin without payrole.
    All other poltical and their henchmen should be seriously warned and taken their weapons back.


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