Torching Ranil’s private residence: Suspects further remanded till 10 August

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Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage yesterday ordered the four suspects, who were arrested and remanded on charges of torching the private residence of President Ranil Wickremasinghe, to be further remanded till 10 August.

This was after they were produced before an identification parade. Afterwards Magistrate Gamage, ordered the CID to call for a report from the Chief State Estimator, with regard to the damages or losses caused to the official vehicle used by Wickremasinghe, during his tenure as PM, as well as to a few other official vehicles, belonging to the Police Department.

The four suspects, who were produced before the identification parade, are residents of Mount Lavinia, Ja-Ela and Galle areas and aged from 19-28.

Afterwards the CID sought approval from the Court, to name Yvonne Perera, who is presently overseas, as the fifth suspect in the case.

The lawyers, representing the suspects then sought bail from Court, for their clients.

But, the Court ordered to dismiss the requests, as the probe into the case has still not been concluded by the CID. Accordingly, further proceedings of the trial were fixed for the said date. 

Meanwhile, the Police released a set of photographs of a group of suspects wanted over the incident of setting fire to President Wickremesinghe’s private residence in Colombo on 9 July.

Police said the investigations into the arson attack on the President’s private residence were being carried out by the Criminal Investigations Department.

They said the investigators were looking to identify a group of persons identified as the main suspects involved in causing damage and setting fire to the house based on the CCTV footage and the video footage.

Accordingly, the police released 14 photographs of suspects in order to identify them and take the necessary legal action.

The Police requested the public to inform the CID to the following phone numbers 071-8594950, 071-8594929 or 011-2422176 through WhatsApp or calls if they have any information about the people in those photographs. 

By Hansi Nanayakkara