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Minister Mervyn Silva’s Parliamentary Affairs Secretary and his Coordinating Secretary who were in remand over their alleged involvement in the Kelaniya UPFA Pradeshiya Sabha member Hasitha Madawala’s killing were made state witnesses by the Attorney General today.

The CID investigated into the killing on the direction of the IGP following a complaint made to the Police Chief by Eranda Prasad Jaymanna of Kelaniya on January 5.
When the matter was taken up for inquiry yesterday before Mahara Magistrate the suspects were produced before the Magistrate from the remand prison.

State Counsel Chaminda Athukorala appearing with the CID for the prosecution contended that under Section 256 of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act a suspect could be made a state witness after making a statement in camera to the Magistrate and on  perusing the investigation reports. Thus he moved court to make the two suspects state witnesses on condition.

He further affirmed that a state witness should give evidence against the other suspect during the inquiry in agreement with the confession made in camera. If not the conditions laid down on the state witness will be withdrawn and he will be made a suspect.

Counsel Upul Deshapriya watching the interest of the aggrieved party submitted that no important revelation had been made by the two suspects during the confession made to the magistrate other than the incidents that took place after the killing.

He said the investigation officers of the Special Investigation Unit of the CID had unveiled a plan by the suspects of killing all the Kelaniya  Pradesiya Sabha  members.

He complained that as such the stance of the Attorney General was an indication that they were safeguarding criminals to let them go scot free.

He further said that this was a political killing and to record his objections over the stance of the Attorney General.

The Magistrate ordered the prison authorities to submit the reports on the sicknesses of the suspects. He made this order on considering the request made by the counsel for the aggrieved parties.

The suspects were further remanded till March 14. (Ganidu Rochana Samaratunge)

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  • oshanda Thursday, 28 February 2013 02:22 PM

    Another Cover up

    Andrew Pitugala Friday, 01 March 2013 04:41 AM

    The Government owned judicial system provides protection for criminals affiliated to the Government. No justice for those at the receiving end.

    calvin Friday, 01 March 2013 04:50 AM

    Thees crimes should be addressed at Geneva! not THE WAR CRIMES!

    weha Thursday, 28 February 2013 02:44 PM

    I smell something fishy going on here O.o

    attha Thursday, 28 February 2013 02:45 PM

    Badduth Hamuduruwange Naduth Hamuduruwange

    Terrance Friday, 01 March 2013 05:05 AM

    Let Cj clear all as party people

    Paramanathan Friday, 01 March 2013 05:25 AM

    Judiciary is made to dance to the tune of the parliament's jokers

    Vishali Friday, 01 March 2013 01:56 AM

    They would have dragged the name of Mervin in to the scene

    Asoka Friday, 01 March 2013 05:46 AM

    Meyvin Silva's dates of numbers will go for more and more.

    Ranjit Friday, 01 March 2013 05:47 AM

    Mervin's dealings are never above board and he will survive till he has protection from the top.

    Ratawasiya Thursday, 28 February 2013 04:14 PM

    This is the legal way of covering selected suspects that will be eventually discharged from all charged and go scot free.

    Puran Friday, 01 March 2013 02:14 AM

    There is no cover up but a clear message.It is a reminder for the DIG to pack and start looking for another position. Renumber what happened to the Major who was involved in a brawl with Mevin Silva' son.?

    nawaladykamila Thursday, 28 February 2013 04:25 PM

    what's next?

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 28 February 2013 05:08 PM

    A smart move to cover up and safeguard the real culprit who seems to be very silent nowadays.

    Amila. G Friday, 01 March 2013 02:45 AM

    Jokers paradise.

    ambaruwa Thursday, 28 February 2013 05:52 PM

    Sin everyone is accusing that innocent minister.don't worry minister god will always help good people like u sir u should be again be in parliament that's what people wish from u sir

    Namal Perera Thursday, 28 February 2013 06:06 PM

    Murderers found not guilty because the victim killed himself. This is corrupt, lawless Banana Republic with Jungle Law.

    Gerard Thursday, 28 February 2013 06:42 PM

    Learn lessons Sri Lanka, let's move forward, not backwards!

    kamran Thursday, 28 February 2013 07:32 PM

    This is unbelievable!! Just as was predicted. Lawless banana republic!

    Nodrog Friday, 01 March 2013 11:14 AM

    Must be wimal's balaya fish.


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