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By T. Farook Thajudeen and Lakmal Sooriyagoda


The trial at bar into the killing of two youths who were in custody at the Angulana police station in August 2009 commenced before High Court Judges Deepali Wijesundera, W.M.P.C.B. Warawewa and Kumuduni Wickremesinghe at the Colombo High Court today.

At the outset of the inquiry the Colombo High Court overruled the preliminary objection of the counsel for the second accused asserting that the court is erroneous in hearing the case as the court had diverted from the normal routine in indicting the accused.

Counsel Tirantha Walaliyadda submitted that in non summary cases heard before the High Court the formal procedure and accepted practice is for the Attorney General to file the indictments.

However in this instance instead of the Attorney General it is the Registrar of the High Court who had signed the indictment papers. Consequently it has become a case in which the complainant had become the adjudicators of the case. He cited several past cases of the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court to buttress his arguments.

Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Jayantha Jayasuriya objecting to the defense counsel submitted that the Court had given an opportunity to the accused to read the charges and to take appropriated action accordingly.  Whether in the magistrate court case or in a High Court case even though the registrar of the court had signed the indictment papers it is the Attorney General who had indicted the accused.
 

The court upheld the objection of the DSG and overruled the defense submission.




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  • Yeti Thursday, 19 August 2010 12:24 PM

    Still dilly dallying. How many months have gone and the murderers have still not been indicted. Meanwhile many more innocent citizens have been murdered by the police and yet it is not over!

    Gunawathie Thursday, 19 August 2010 12:27 PM

    If the culprits are from our police force, please hang them. No mercy please.

    Ruwan Ferdinandez Thursday, 19 August 2010 12:29 PM

    Why are these criminals transporetd at the expense of the public? Why can't they be tied to trees around the courts till the next court day?

    bash Thursday, 19 August 2010 02:45 PM

    The should be made to walk to the prisons with hand cuff, lesson for other policemen who engage in similar activities, while being sworn to protect the public

    Leslie Thursday, 19 August 2010 02:46 PM

    It has taken one year for the case to begin. See how soon MR did it for the General. It is finished and punished. However, we do hope the culprits will be dealt with severely and soon at that.

    Maruwa Thursday, 19 August 2010 03:32 PM

    The police may haven't got any tree to hang the two bodies at that time.

    akon Thursday, 19 August 2010 05:14 PM

    how is that SF case over in no time when a murder takes years? may be santhosang not involved ? or may be victim is low social class


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