Written by Bella Dalima
02 May, 2014 | 7:57 pm
The case pertaining to the murder of four individuals including Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was referred to the High Court by Colombo Additional Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage on Friday.
The Attorney General had indicted the thirteen defendants including MP Duminda Silva on the charge of murdering four individuals including Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra.
The complaint stated that the incident took place in the vicinity of the a polling station in Kolonnawa on the day of the provincial council polls on October 8,2011.
Lawyers who appeared for MP Duminda Silva at the Magistrate’s Court said that he was not a defendant in the case but rather a victim, arguing that he should be treated as such.
Lawyers pointed out that Parliamentarian Duminda Silva who was injured in the incident was subsequently admitted to a hospital in Singapore and he returned to the country after several months of treatment.
However, Additional Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage before whom the evidence with regard to the case was presented said that there was evidence against all thirteen defendants and referred the case to the Colombo High Court.
Presidents Counsel, Hemantha Warnakulasuriya said: “We hope to make a written submission to the Attorney General over this matter to request that they be released. We will do it once we obtain the case record …”
Western Provincial Councilor of UPFA, Hirunika Premachandra said: “The case against all the suspects was referred to the High Court. I was afraid that the 13th defendant would not be referred to the High Court. But, what we wished for took place. I believe that the courts will be fair. We have suffered for over two and a half years. Now it’s my turn.”
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