Voice clip uncovers evidence of conspiracy
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday told the Homagama Magistrate’s Court that the first voice clip with regard to the abduction of journalist Pradeep Ekneligoda has uncovered evidence that the suspects attached to the Giritale Army camp had conspired to abduct and kill Ekneligoda.
The court was informed that the first consipiracy to abduct and kill Ekneligoda has taken place on August 27, 2009 and the second suspect of the case has participated in this conspiracy.
The CID official told that the conspiracy to abduct and kill Ekneligoda took place at the Second suspect’s place and voice record with regard to this conspiracy has been forwarded to courts. The court was also informed that investigations into a witness who participated in this conspiracy are going on.
CID officials also told court that they have gathered information with regard to first suspect, an intelligence officer who travelled from Batticaloa to Colombo by his official vehicle in the month where Ekneligoda was killed.
Magistrate Ranga Dissanayeke queried the complainant l as to whether this case is taken up under Section 296 of the Criminal Procedure Code and whether there is evidence for this purpose.
The judge noted that indictments can be filed against the suspects without non summary inquiry. He noted that in such an circumstance, the case will be heard before Bench of three High Court judges.
The Magistrate asked the complainant as to whether they are providing direct and credible evidence with regard to this incident.
Senior State Counsel Wasantha Perera said that murder charges can be framed against the suspects based on scientific evidence, though there were no direct or formidable charges
The State Counsel said that murder charges can be framed without having the body or parts of the body.
The Magistrate told court that the Attorney General’s Department should draw attention to ascertain they are trying to hide the truth. The Senior State counsel in response told the court that any person can question the role of Attorney General’s Department before Court of Appeal.
He said that the AG’s Department can not evade by filing a case. He added that the Attorney General can not work without responsibility.
Counsel for the accused Nalin Indratissa informed the court that the Attorney General’s action should be impartial and just. He cited that the Attorney General has withdrawn a case against a people’s representative before the Panadura Court.
The Magistrate asked the CID whether the Army Commander is assisting with the investigations.
ASP Shani Abeysekera of CID told court that they sought information without regard to eight matters. He said that Military Police provided the assistance. Considering the submissions made by all parties, the Magistrate ordered the police to expedite the investigations.
The Magistrate allowed the Criminal Investigation Department to obtain the statements from first and fourth suspects. He also ordered to re remand the suspects till March 8.
Slanderous posters pasted near State Counsel’s house
Homagama Police yesterday told court that slanderous posters have been pasted near the house of Senior State Counsel Dilip Peris who is leading the prosecution of the Pradeep Ekneligoda case.
Police told the court that these posters have been pasted in an organized manner and no CCTV camera in the vicinity has footage of this group pasting those posters. Police investigations are proceeding.