Colombo chief magistrate orders police to provide security to BASL president

Colombo chief magistrate orders police to provide security to BASL president

Written by Staff Writer

05 Aug, 2014 | 6:57 pm

The Colombo chief magistrate has ordered the police to provide security to President of the Bar Association of  Sri Lanka Upul Jayasuriya.

The order was made when the case pertaining to the security of  Upul Jayasuriya was taken up in court. Earlier, summons were issued to DIG Anura Senanyake. However, he was represented by SSP Palitha Siriwardena.

During the case, the Colombo chief magistrate questioned SSP Siriwardena on the steps taken by the police for the safety of the BASL president. Responding, SSP Siriwardena submitted to court that the IGP and the secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order had been notified on the matter.

Here, the working committee of the Bar Association as well as President’s Counsel Thilak Marapana appearing for Upul Jaysuriya stated that threats were levelled at the Chairman of the BASL on three occasions, but no measures were taken.

Meanwhile, Attorney Gunaratne Wanninayake said that an individual named Sadun had been provided with 24-hour police protection, though he held no position.

The magistrate then inquired from SSP Siriwardena if he could ensure the safety of Jayasuriya, until measures are taken to provide security, to which the SSP replied in the affirmative.

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