Attorney-at-Law Rexy Piyadasa, yesterday (10), informed Colombo Additional Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela, that the Police have accepted the fact that during the protest staged at the Polduwa Junction on 13 July, that a certain group had attacked a Police three-wheeler parked there whilst taking over a water cannon and stealing tear gas canisters, during a blackout in the area.
The Attorney made this submission, when three suspects charged in connection with the incident were produced in Court.
The suspects were produced by Prisons Department Officers before an identification parade for a third day running.
However, Magistrate Kekunawela ordered to cancel the identification parade due to the failure of the witnesses to be present in Court.
Attorney Piyadasa further stated that though the Police had filed charges against his clients based on the Offences Against Public Property Act, it was still questionable as to how water cannons and tear gas canisters could be used for the benefit of the masses, when analysing the contents of the Act.
Hence, he urged the Court to consider these reasons and to issue an order for the release of the suspects, on any suitable bail condition.
The Magistrate refused bail sought on behalf of the suspects and ordered them to be further remanded till 24 August.
By Hansi Nanayakkara