Welikada riots case postponed for Dec.13

The case filed against three accused over the killing of eight inmates during the Welikada Prison Riots that took place on November 9, 2012, yesterday postponed for December 13 by the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar.

When the case was taken up before the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar bench comprising three High Court judges Gihan Kulathunga (President), Pradeep Hettiarachchi and Manjula Thilakarathna, the President’s Counsel who appeared for Magazine Prison Superintendent Lamahewage Emil Ranjan informed court that his client, Emil Ranjan was unable to appear in court due to contracting Dengue fever. Accordingly, further trial was fixed for December 13 by the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar.

The Attorney General had filed indictment comprising 33 charges against the Moses Rangajeewa attached to the Police Narcotics Bureau and Magazine Prison Superintendent Lamahewage Emil Ranjan and Prison officer Indika Sampath over the killing of eight inmates during the Welikada Prison Riots that took place on November 9, 2012.

The eight prison inmates who were killed in the incident are Kankanmalage Malinda Nilendra Pelpola, Attapattu Sangakkara Nirmala Atapattu, Mohammed Wijayarohana, Chinthamani Mohottige Thushara Chandana, Asarappulige Jothipala, Harshan Sri Manakeerthi Perera, Raigamage Susantha Perera and Devamullage Malith Sameera Perera.

Deputy Solicitor General Dilan Ratnayake with Senior State Counsel Madhawa Tennakoon appeared for the Attorney General. President’s Counsel Anuja Premaratne with Nalinda Indatissa appeared for the defence.



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