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Confusion prevailed at the Colombo Magistrate’s Court today when four suspects informed the Magistrate that the lawyer making submissions on their behalf was not retained by them nor did he represent them.

The four policemen who are in custody on charges of having killed a businessman said they were not represented by Counsel Anura Ranasinghe after State Counsel Wasantha Perera who made submissions on behalf of the CID informed the Magistrate that Mr. Ranasinghe did not represent the suspects though he was making submissions on their behalf.

When Additional Magistrate A.M. Shahabdeen asked the suspects whether Mr. Ranasinghe represented themthey said they were not.

Counsel Ranasinghe told court the suspects had been threatened by the CID and were given an undertaking they would be made state witnesses and that this resulted in their refusing his services.

Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, who is appearing for the suspect former DIG Vaas Gunawardena,was given permission to submit written submissions on behalf of Mr. Gunawardene on August 1.

The suspects were further remanded till August 1. (FT)


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  • OMG Friday, 19 July 2013 10:02 AM

    This is how it starts.

    Marcelle McDonald Sunday, 21 July 2013 07:54 AM

    It is not enough for a handful or two people to leave comments
    of their disgust at this continuinhg saga and all the other
    dramas. But when 100,000 or more demonstrate.............then and
    ONLY then will the govt listen. Look what happened in Brazil.....
    .............1,000000 people demonstrated.

    lame Saturday, 20 July 2013 05:40 AM

    PEACE is not just the absence of violence but the presence of JUSTICE

    janmanjanman Saturday, 20 July 2013 04:28 AM

    DEIYANGEMA PIHITAI:CASE EKA IWARAI:OKKOMA NIDAHAS:APATA APE JOBUTH HAMBAWENAWA:KAATA KIYAMIDA WE ANDONAAWA:

    Mervyn Friday, 19 July 2013 01:55 PM

    Re Deniyal, Dawal Migel :P

    sahdi Friday, 19 July 2013 12:26 PM

    Finally Vaas Dog will get Bail Oder due to no witness......! Wonder of Sri lankan Law...!

    Kiri Gamarala Friday, 19 July 2013 12:07 PM

    Who is representing whom? Is this a public interest litigation?

    Dinuk Perera Friday, 19 July 2013 11:46 AM

    The murderer will be freed. That's Sri Lanka.

    PRASANNAJIT Friday, 19 July 2013 10:36 AM

    More to come, with Hemantha Warnakulasuriya in the scene.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 19 July 2013 10:27 AM

    "fake" lawyers - De Facto chief justices! What more jokes can we expect to see in our judicial system.

    limatc Friday, 19 July 2013 10:12 AM

    why hemantha is let scott free , he is interfering in all accused cases and hoodwinking the court , why public is watching the underated act of hemantha

    laanki Friday, 19 July 2013 10:10 AM

    Shame on Vaas,with tye?who are those tugs?/ supporting whom? I s this a peaceful country?? BULLSHITTT!!!

    unchikun Friday, 19 July 2013 07:14 AM

    The four can now contest the provincial council elections. The have the basic qualification.

    mohamed asfar Friday, 19 July 2013 09:58 AM

    rot in remand for now.

    Nawaz Friday, 19 July 2013 09:23 AM

    Ohoma yang yang! Vaas nithahas

    Kodituwakkuarachchi Friday, 19 July 2013 09:04 AM

    This is where it starts.

    Finally there will be so much confusion, the case will be thrown out of the window and the culprits will be released and paid compensation.

    Welcome to the Banana Republic.

    T. Ruth Friday, 19 July 2013 08:39 AM

    The psychotic imbecile and his stooge have ensured that justice like the road to Hulftsdorp is a one way street.

    acs hameed Friday, 19 July 2013 08:41 AM

    Please look at this man he is a real tug and killer.

    manuwel giyar Friday, 19 July 2013 08:19 AM

    So if you're politically connected, then you can commit cold blooded murder and escape justice by becoming a "state witness"?

    ANTON Friday, 19 July 2013 07:42 AM

    HA HAA NOW OUR COURTS ARE BECOMING KING KAKILLE'S COURT.

    unchikun Friday, 19 July 2013 07:27 AM

    It was my understanding that the courts are there to clear confusions. Oh, my lovely Sri Lanka.

    Simple mind Friday, 19 July 2013 07:28 AM

    Eliwena yameta honda honda sellam. Background is being created to fix the 4 and release the big fish. What an amusing teledrama.

    Mutu Friday, 19 July 2013 07:19 AM

    What a mess this country is in.


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