Former DIG Vaas Gunawardena will be tried on September 22 for intimidating CID ASP Shani Abeysekera and some other CID detectives while he was being questioned by them over the killing of millionaire businessman Mohamed Shiyam.
The former DIG who is in remand in connection with the killing of Mohamed Shiyam was today produced in the Colombo High Court to answer the charges against him for threatening to kill ASP Shani Abeysekera, Special Investigation Unit OIC M.A.S. Ranjith Munasinghe and some other CID officers saying, “Shani, I am a murderer; you won’t be able to keep me inside forever. When I am out, see what I will do to all of you.”
When the case taken up for inquiry, Counsel Ananda Vidyaratne told Magistrate Tennakoon that his client Vaas Gunawardena was prepared to arrive at an amicable settlement,
When State Counsel Chaminda Athukorala asked Mr. Abeysekera whether such a settlement was possible he said he was not prepared to arrive at such a settlement and this led to Judge Devika Tennakoon fixing the trial for September 12. (TFT)