Search for justice continues after killing of former MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra

Search for justice continues after killing of former MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra

Search for justice continues after killing of former MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra

Written by Tharushan Fernando

15 Jan, 2016 | 9:35 pm

On October 8, 2011, former parliamentarian Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra and three others were killed in a shoot-out at the Walpola Junction in Mulleriyawa on the day of the 2011 local government elections.

Police said that they had recovered 12 pistols, two revolvers and two T-56 assault rifles at the crime scene.Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was laid to rest on October 12, 2011.

Four years and three months have passed since the incident took place.

Court determined that gunshot wounds were the cause of death of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra and his supporters.

On November 15, 2011, the Colombo Magistrate ordered that then MP Duminda Silva, be arrested and produced in court. President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, appearing for the suspect Duminda Silva, submitted to court that client was in fact the victim.

In 2012, a statement from Duminda Silva was produced in court, nine months after the slaying of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. In 2013, the Attorney General instructed for cases to be filed against thirteen suspects including then parliamentarian Duminda Silva, in connection to the killing of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. Later that year,  on March 5, Duminda Silva arrived in the country from Singapore, and was subsequently arrested on the same day.

As Duminda Silva had not fully recovered, he was admitted to a private hospital under the supervision of a specialist doctor. The Magistrate visited Duminda Silva in hospital that afternoon.

However, Duminda Silva who was arrested in connection with the killing of four persons including Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, was ordered to be remanded until March 14 . On May 6, Duminda Silva, appeared in court for the first time, as a suspect in the slaying of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. On May 2, 2015, the court case on the murder of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was referred to the High Court. In the month of August, 2015 Chief Justice K. Sri Pavan decided to appoint a three-judge bench chaired by High Court Judge Shiran Gunaratne to take up the case.

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