Malaka Silva, Rehan Wijeratne and five others were ordered to be remanded till September 24 by Colombo Fort Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne.
They were produced in Court over the alleged assault on an army officer. The Magistrate also directed that they be produced at an identification parade on the same day.
In their report to Court the police levelled strong allegations against the seven suspects and moved Court to have them remanded till October 1 because according to witnesses the suspects had been involved in the assault on Major Susena.
Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) SSP D.R.L. Ranaweera told Court that only the first accused Malaka and the second accused Rehan were being produced in open Court because they had been identified by the complainant. He said the five other suspects would be produced at an identification parade.
SSP Ranaweera said at about 3.00 a.m. on September 9, ten suspects including Malaka Silva had assaulted the Army Major after robbing his service revolver, mobile phone and car key.
“The incident had taken place at the hotel lobby. The complainant army officer is in the army hospital being treated for head injuries and the army corporal who was with the Major had also been assaulted by the suspects. According to a statement given by high ranking army officer, the revolver has been officially given to the Army Major. According to the first complaint, ten suspects had involved in the incident and we are yet to arrest three other suspects,” SSP Ranaweera said.
President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya with Jayantha Weerasekera appearing for Malaka Silva said the incident had taken place in the car park of the JAIC Hilton, not at the hotel lobby as stated by the police. They said the suspects can be released on bail because the offences could be even referred to the mediation board.
Having considered the submissions, the Magistrate ordered that the suspects be remanded till September 24 and police were ordered to obtain the video footage of the incident. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)
Kallathoni Lankan Monday, 17 September 2012 12:32 PM
Well-done police and judge. Peace for Sri Lankan. Muge mune chandi kama thawama thiyenawa.
sahdi Monday, 17 September 2012 12:33 PM
I agree with you...
samosa Tuesday, 18 September 2012 04:05 AM
for sure, on the next court hearing, police would tell the court that video footage of the hotel cctv is missing :)
sedesh_d Monday, 17 September 2012 08:10 AM
and then to the hospital to rest in a comfortable bed till 24th and then in the identification parade Major will say “I didn’t see this chap at Jaic”
Hope Monday, 17 September 2012 12:40 PM
Even this sort of justice happened, due to the media persistence and people’s determination so well done, which means if we are determined enough we can achieve some justice.
9/10 chance he will be given bail, even though the Army Intelligence office was there to track down drug criminals. So Nawala Nihal, Poddala and these Ministers son’s where having a chat while watching a match, who believe these stories. Officer was assaulted due to he was trying to investigate a BIGGER crime. Hope we can pursuit correct avenue’s and punish the culprits!! (Keep dreaming )
On the other hand keep and eye out what might happen to the innocent district magistrate in the near future, he might get a transfer soon, loss his promotions and all sorts.
Shaik Ahamath Monday, 17 September 2012 12:41 PM
We should now stop commenting on this case lest the thugs claim, justifiably, that they did not get a fair trial, if this ever comes to court.
outback joe Monday, 17 September 2012 08:15 AM
keep them in indefinitely. way to go. thank you your honor.
Matalan Monday, 17 September 2012 12:33 PM
HE doesn't care because HE the President of this country doesn't care about this or anything. Who can blame them as people have voted @60% + for more of the same muck!
shihab Monday, 17 September 2012 12:49 PM
Hope the father also will be sentenced the same way.MR should chase them from the party.Hoooooooooooorayyyyyy!!
charlie kokula Tuesday, 18 September 2012 04:33 AM
MR i hope you are reading all the comments, because it is important to know how thw people of this country feel about injustise. What will happen if an ordinary person had commited this crime.
Anton Weerasinghe Monday, 17 September 2012 08:34 AM
Remanded with five star facilities!
Eluwa Monday, 17 September 2012 08:38 AM
Just go and see if he is really inside. He is home now.
Sonali De Silva Monday, 17 September 2012 08:57 AM
For how long is the million rupee question. I think the father will have to smash coconuts at the kovil and maybe sacrifice a goat to get his son absolved from the crime Will there be people bound to trees and flogged this time too?
Rate Mahaththaya Monday, 17 September 2012 08:41 AM
Hope he will not be admitted to the Merchant Ward
Max Monday, 17 September 2012 01:48 PM
Let's hope that this is not a window dressing.
Chandana Monday, 17 September 2012 11:20 PM
There should be a sufficient punishment not just jail because they have everything like home in the jail (dirty politics power)
Manik Monday, 17 September 2012 11:41 PM
Attorneys of these thugs have told court that they were suffering from various sicknesses. They are healthy to commit all thuggery and crimes and fall ill when cornered by the law.
Anarkali Nangee Monday, 17 September 2012 01:38 PM
Ane Epa...Malaka ayiya... Pauuuuuuuuuuuuuw !
Aks Monday, 17 September 2012 11:54 PM
Ane Anarkali nangee... me wage ballekuta kohomada PAU kiyanne?
Aks Tuesday, 18 September 2012 12:12 AM
If this fellow is really in remand, great time to punish him for hitting the Police too. Put them in jail and throw the keys away... That is JUSTICE for fellows like this...
Please remember, this is NOT his first assault!!!!!
Saman Kumara Monday, 17 September 2012 09:42 AM
We hope that the judiciary system will control this incident and not let these culprits go free and continue these same atrocities.
RuwanL Monday, 17 September 2012 06:44 AM
Jail all of them for 5 years so that they will remember that they can't physically harm even an ordinary person
Rizan Monday, 17 September 2012 07:00 AM
Thank you, Sir
umer Monday, 17 September 2012 10:03 AM
He and others will get all the facilities inside. He knows that if he is outside it is a risk for them because not all the army personals are the same.
Cancer Monday, 17 September 2012 06:51 AM
Lets hope justice prevails.
R.Perera Monday, 17 September 2012 10:34 AM
one more patient for prison hospital
hello Monday, 17 September 2012 06:54 AM
thats nice ,finally
Rajan Monday, 17 September 2012 03:58 PM
Raja gedara paraviyo
Deen Tuesday, 18 September 2012 06:30 AM
The Attorneys appearing for these thugs and seeking on their behalf clemency and hospital treatment on bogus grounds instead of being remanded in remand prison should be identified and blacklisted.
ANTON Tuesday, 18 September 2012 06:47 AM
In side the prison ?
DHA Monday, 17 September 2012 04:21 PM
....A real test of time for the judge.....I guess by now thugs would've surrounded his house by now......
Yuri Tuesday, 18 September 2012 06:38 AM
Duminda OUT MALAKA OUT 24Sep
Jehan S Tuesday, 18 September 2012 02:48 AM
Maybe he can become Minister of Public Affairs, Welikada prison. I am sure he would be king of that prison sitting above the superintendent.
SIlva Monday, 17 September 2012 10:55 AM
This should not be the final. They should be sent to Welikada to taste the soar mango.
Mahendra Monday, 17 September 2012 04:43 PM
I certaily agree and by the way who are these 5 loafers? Srilankan politics going to the dogs as `rasthiyadu' families are now entering politics!!
TPD Monday, 17 September 2012 04:59 PM
President Rajapakse when will you kick that Mervin out and show that our country and our soldiers will not tolerate thugs like the Silvas. Over to you Mr.President.
Ajith Tuesday, 18 September 2012 03:04 AM
He is not remanded. Hospitalized through the Prison. Now, he will say "I cant remember anything" Ha ha ha.........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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leelananda Monday, 17 September 2012 11:24 AM
I bet, nothing will happen.
Kiri Gamarala Tuesday, 18 September 2012 07:37 AM
Sacrifice a gaot for the afety of a dog.
boss Monday, 17 September 2012 11:49 AM
you are very correct.
ken Tuesday, 18 September 2012 07:53 AM
Malaka Silva has repeated assaulted people on numerous instances, he should be asked to under psychotic evaluation before any action taken.
C. Seneveratne Monday, 17 September 2012 11:43 AM
Mervyv Silva's presences didn't bother the Colombo Fort Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne well done Magistrate. We need people like you.
Anura Monday, 17 September 2012 05:27 PM
Has he been remanded at Temple Tress or the Jaic Hilton Hotel????
Manoj DXB Monday, 17 September 2012 11:50 AM
what about the guy who stole steals . when he will be arrested . the ITN man
Renu Monday, 17 September 2012 11:43 AM
This the first right step by the Judge. Well done. There is no questions about evidence as Ajith Rohana said they were identified on CCTV at Jaic when the assult took place. If it is grevous hurt they will have to be behind bars at welikade, mervyn can go to Kovil- Kalliamma is seem to be acting
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