HC acquits all 13 charged with murder

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Colombo High Court Judge Damith Thotawatta on Friday (29), without calling for testimony from the defence, acquitted and released from the trial 13 persons, who were indicted with stabbing to death an individual.

Announcing the verdict, Judge Thotawatta, stated that perusal of the testimony put forth before him, by the prosecution, had shown that they were unable to prove the charges filed against the accused, sans a reasonable doubt.

Hence, he stated that he was ordering for the accused to be acquitted from the charges filed against them and be promptly released from the case.

A group of lawyers including Gamini Alwis, Wasantha Pitigala, Senerath Jayasundera and Asitha Vipulanayake, appeared for the 13 accused.

The Attorney General had indicted 13 accused, before the High Court on charges of stabbing to death of an individual, in an area close to Colombo and causing damages to property, 11 years ago.

By Hansi Nanayakkara