Mervyn Silva released without bail

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Colombo Additional Magistrate Keminda Perera yesterday (18) ordered former MP Mervyn Silva, who was arrested and produced in Court by the CID, in connection with forced entry to Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) in 2007, to be released without bail, saying that there was no need to impose bail on the suspect, who had taken measures to prohibit the slaughter of cows in Kelaniya.

He then ordered the suspect to appear in Court on 16 November.

The Additional Magistrate issued this order in response to bail sought on behalf of the suspect by his lawyers.

The CID told the Court, that the case abstracts had been submitted by them for the perusal of the Attorney General and that the latter had advised them to arrest the suspect and then produce him in Court, in connection with the incident which had taken place 15 years ago.

However, the lawyers for the suspect former Minister, informed Additional Magistrate Perera, that their client had gone to visit the then Chairman of the SLRC.

They added that following this, the SLRC trade union representatives had begun a commotion by threatening SLRC employees, before proceeding to assault Silva.

The lawyers explained that after this, Silva had lodged a complaint with the Police and alleged that thus far it has not been probed.

Hence, they noted that their client has never absconded Court and urged the Court to grant bail to him under any suitable condition.

Considering the submissions, the Court deemed that there was no necessity to grant bail to the suspect and ordered him to be released and told him to be present in Court on the said date.

By Hansi Nanayakkara