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Duminda can’t remember what happened at Kolonnawa


CID tells Court

Duminda can’t remember what happened at Kolonnawa


The Criminal Investigations Department yesterday submitted to the Colombo Magistrate’s Court a summary of the statement recorded from Duminda Silva, the 17th suspect in the Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra murder case.
The CID told Court that parliamentarian Duminda Silva had stated that he cannot remember the Kolonnawa shooting incident where presidential Advisor Baratha Lakshman Premachandran was killed.
ASP Shani Abeysekera, who is in charge of the investigations, informed Court that the CID had proceeded to Singapore and met the suspect Duminda Silva at Mount Elizabeth Hospital where he had undergone surgery to his skull which had been severely injured when bullets had pierced it and also due to surgical intervention. The CID filed a comprehensive medical report from the Specialist in Singapore.
President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya said that consequent to the undertaking given by him to Court and the police, that Duminda Silva would be in a position to give a statement to the police, provided that the expert medical team decides whether the patient was able to answer questions put forward by the Police, the CID proceeded to Singapore and questioned his client at length and recorded answers given by him. He further said that the statement would prove what he said from the beginning, that Duminda Silva was the recipient of the first gunshot injuries and was lying in a pool of blood when the murder of Bharatha Lakshman took place and he was the victim and not the perpetrator of any crime.
Attorney-at-Law Upul Kumarapperuma, appearing for the aggrieved party, thanked the Magistrate for having given orders to the CID to record a statement from Duminda Silva. He said that for nearly 08 months, after the Court made Duminda Silva a suspect, nothing had been heard about him other than what had been voiced by his Counsel. He said they were expecting the Attorney General to finalize the matter and file plaint in due course.
Magistrate Prasanna Alwis said that the Court was not ready with the order with regard to Contempt of Court and postponed the order to August 07, 2012.
Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya said that specially taking into consideration the present situation in the country, where stones were pelted at Courts and people demonstrated, carrying placards and banners, scandalizing Court, the matter involving Hirunika Premachandra was very important for the just administration of justice.
President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuirya headed the team of lawyers appearing for Duminda Silva.
Attorney-at-Law Anuja Premaratne appeared for some of the suspects.
Attorney at-Law Upula Kumarapperuma appeared for the aggrieved party.
ASP Sharni Abeysekera and IP Merril Ranjan IP appeared for the CID.
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