Wele Suda’s appeal to be heard today

The leave to appeal application filed by Gampola Vidanage Samantha Kumara alias ‘Wele Suda’ who was sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court over two counts of drug trafficking charges, was yesterday fixed for further hearing today (31) by the Court of Appeal.

Through his appeal, appellant Samantha Kumara is seeking the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal to review and set aside his conviction and the death sentence imposed by the High Court.

When the matter came up before Court of Appeal Justice Deepali Wijesundara and Justice Achala Wengappuli, President’s Counsel Anura Meddegoda supported the leave to appeal application.

On October 14, 2015, the alleged drug dealer ‘Wele Suda’ was sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court, on charges of possessing and trafficking of 7.05 grams of heroin in Mount Lavinia in 2008.

In his appeal, he said that the trial judge had issued this order after misdirecting himself in law and the facts resulted in a greater miscarriage of justice to the appellant.

He further states that the facts and law have been erroneously applied to secure his conviction, resulting in a grave miscarriage of justice.

Deputy Solicitor General Chethiya Goonasekera appeared for the Attorney General.

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