A Tamil prisoner who was in prison for 14 years on an alleged offence of an attempt on the life of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was acquitted by the Colombo High Court today.
Five Tamil accused were indicted in the high court under the PTA on December 4, 2013, for the alleged offences purportedly committed on December 1, 2006, at the Kollupitiya Piththala junction.
The trial on the fourth accused, Chandrabose Selvachandran, was conducted before High Court Judge Pradeep Hettiarachchi.
After having heard the submissions of both parties and evidence, the Judge observed that the confession had been rejected in the voir dire inquiry and there was no other credible evidence forwarded by the prosecution.
After the conclusion of the trial, the high court judge acquitted the fourth accused who is a cancer patient.
K.V. Thavarasha P.C instructed by Ms. Tharmarajah Tharmaja appeared for the accused. Deputy Solicitor General Rohantha Abeysuriya appeared for the state. (S.S Selvanayagam)