Spouse of Rohana Wijeyaweera petitions the court of appeal to produce her husband in court

by Staff Writer 29-06-2018 | 9:27 PM
COLOMBO (News 1st) – Rohana Wijeweera, the founding leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, has been missing for the past 29 years. Today (June 29) his wife, Srimathee Chithranganee Wijeyweera filed a petition at the Court of appeal demanding the government to produce her husband in court if he is alive. According to her petition, there is no information nor evidence as to whether Rohana Wijeyweera is dead or was murdered. To make the matter even more clear she had stated that not even a death certificate has been issued under his name. She requested the court to issue a Habeas corpus to officials to produce Rohana Wijeweera in court if he is alive. 11 parties including Former Major General Janaka Perera, Former Army Commander Hamilton Wanasinghe, Former Deputy Minister of Defence Ranjan Wijeyarathne, Former Defence Secretary Siril Ranathunga and Former Secretary to the president K.H.J. Wijeyadasa the current Attorney general have been named as the respondents. Speaking to the media, Seimathee Wijeweera stated that she requested for a post-mortem a year ago but has not received a response yet. A journalist questioned on whether the JVP has intervened in any way, in response, she said that she has no relationship with them and what she is doing is done alone with her children. A Habeas Corpus is a recourse in law through which a person can report an unlawful detention or imprisonment to a court and request that the court order the custodian of the person, usually a prison official, to bring the prisoner to court, to determine whether the detention is lawful.