Lawyers call for Mahinda’s arrest

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A complaint was lodged at Police Headquarters by a group of lawyers yesterday (10), seeking the arrest of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, MPs Johnston Fernando and Sanath Nishantha, and Western Province SDIG Deshabandu Tennakoon in relation to the violent SLPP mob attack on peaceful anti-Government protesters.

The group of lawyers including Kamal Wijesiri, Thusitha Gunasekera, and Rajitha Lakmal in the complaint called for the arrest of Rajapaksa, Fernando, and Nishantha and to produce them in Court for offences including criminal intimidation and aiding and abetting the mob as contained in Section 102 and 486 of the Penal Code.

They also observed that those involved in violence including damaging public property should also be dealt with in accordance with Sections 32, 140, 410, 314, 315 and 316 of the Penal Code.

They further said Tennakoon should be arrested and produced in Court under Sections 37 and 38 of the Penal Code for failure to exercise his powers and to take necessary action in relation to the incident.

In regard to the use of prisoners in the mob, the lawyers said officials who permitted the use of prisoners for these acts should also be arrested due to violation of the Prisons Ordinance.

While a copy of the complaint will be submitted to Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam today (11), lawyers will also make submissions to the Court in regard to the case.

By Faadhila Thassim