Witness further remanded


The Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar, on Monday (27), further remanded, till 11 July, the witness, who has been charged with submitting incriminating testimony in the trial pertaining to the forced abduction and disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.

The case was called before a Bench comprising Judges Sanjeewa Moraes, Mahen Weeraman and Damith Thotawatta.

When the case was taken up, the prosecution told the Court, that they will be shortly filing indictments against the witness, on charges of submitting testimony harmful to the prosecution.

The Court provided the prosecution with a fortnight’s time to file indictments against the witness and remanded the accused witness till then.

The Trial-at-Bar stated that it was the duty of the Judiciary, to mete out justice to all concerned in the land, sans any fear or favour.

They stated that merely incarcerating the witness will not ensure justice either by the prosecution or the defence.

Hence, the Court added that whilst perusing the manner in which the witness has given his testimony during the trial proceedings, it was evident that he had been coaxed by someone else and under that impression he was being remanded till the aforesaid date.

The Attorney General has indicted nine accused, including the Commandant of the Girithale Army Camp, Lieutenant Colonel Shammi Karunaratrne, on 17 counts and on charges of the forced abduction and disappearance of journalist Eknaligoda on or before 25 January 12 years ago and for having violated Provisions contained in Sections 102, 356, 140, 146, 359, 32, 113 and 296 of the Penal Code via their actions.

By Hansi Nanayakkara