The Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya issued summons on former Minister Mervin Silva to appear in court on November 11th to give evidence in connection with abduction and disappearance of persons involving white vans.
The summons was issued today when 3 Habeas Corpus petitions filed by the relatives of three missing persons were taken for hearing.
The relatives told the court in their petitions that their beloved ones were abducted in Mutwal area in 2011 and reported missing since then.
The IGP, the Army Commander and the OIC of the Mutwal police have been named as respondents of these petitions.
Former Minister Mervin Silva gave a statement to the CID that he knew information about the white van related disappearance incidents.
Accordingly, Mervin Silva has been named as a witness of these petitions.
Former minister Mervin Silva lodged a complaint with the CID against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa on January 17th.
Update : Teuday, 25 August 2015 – 19:00
Mervin Silva to Appear Witness
Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya today issued summons on former Minister Mervin Silva to appear before the court on 11th of November to give evidence on cases of abduction and disappearance involving white vans.
The Judge issued summons on the former Minister, when 3 lawsuits concerning Habeus Corpus were taken for hearing today.
The cases were filed by the relatives in connection with the abduction and disappearance of 3 persons in 2011.
The IGP, Commander of Army, and the OIC of Modara Police are named as respondents of the cases.
Previously former Minister Mervin Silva has stated before the CID that he has information on abduction cases involving white vans.
Accordingly the former Minister has been named as a witness of the 3 cases, and as a result summons was issued on him.