Ex-DIG Vaas Gunawardena gets five years RI

The Colombo High Court yesterday found former DIG Vaas Gunawardena guilty of charges that he threatened to kill CID detectives in 2013.

Accordingly, former DIG Gunawardena was sentenced to five-year-Rigorous Imprisonment by Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga.

Apart from the imprisonment, the accused was ordered to pay a fine of Rs. 25,000. However, the accused was ordered to be acquitted and released from five other counts including obstructing police duties.

While handing out the judgment against the accused, the High Court observed that the prosecution have proved the accused guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against the former DIG former Western Province (North) DIG on charges of having threatened to kill CID detectives who questioned him over the killing of businessman Mohamed Shiyam.

In this case, the Attorney General alleged that, on or around June 13, 2013, the CID detectives, including ASP Shani Abeysekara, and, Special Investigations Division OIC, Inspector M.A.S. Ranjith Munasinghe, had received death threats, when Vaas Gunawardene was being questioned, at the CID headquarters, on June 13, over the killing of businessman Mohamed Shiyam.

In a complaint to the CID Special Investigations Division, ASP Abeysekara alleged that the suspect Vaas Gunawardena threatened them saying, “Shani,I am a murderer; you won’t be able to keep me inside forever. When I am out, see what I will do to all of you.”

Vass Gunawardena and six others were sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court for committing the murder of multi-millionaire businessman Mohammed Shyam in 2013 at Dompe. 

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