Written by Tharushan Fernando
19 Oct, 2015 | 8:07 pm
The Court of Appeal on Monday ordered that the Army Commander and the Director of Intelligence of the Sri Lanka Army be named as parties, in the habeas corpus petition pertaining to the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.
This order was made when the petition, filed by Prageeth Eknaligoda’s wife, was taken up at the Court of Appeal today.
Lawyers representing the interests of Eknaligoda requested court to name the Army Commander and the Director of Intelligence of the Sri Lanka Army to be named as parties to the case. After considering the facts presented, President of the Court of Appeal Justice Vijith Malalgoda and Justice F.C.J. Madawela made an order to this effect.
A request was also made to Court to direct to the Homagama courts, the persons named by the army officers currently in the custody of the Criminals Investigation Department over the case, for evidence to be recorded.
Sunil Watagala, the lawyer representing interests of Prageeth Eknaligoda, said that recent investigations have revealed that the abduction of Prageeth Eknaligoda was done with the knowledge of certain army officials and that there is presently a case on Prageeth Eknaligoda’s disappearance underway at the Homagama Magistrate’s Court.
He went on to state:
We requested the Court of Appeal to produce in court, persons who are named by the Army Commander and Director of Intelligence, so that they can give evidence before the Homagama Magistrate’s Court and Court granted permission for this.
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