Software engineer further remanded

By Hansi Nanayakkara | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 20 2021

By Hansi Nanayakkara

Colombo Chief Magistrate Buddhika Sri Ragala, on Monday (18), ordered the suspect software engineer of Epic Lanka Technologies, who was arrested in connection with the deletion of 1.1 million National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) data files, to be further remanded until 25 October. The Chief Magistrate also ordered the equipment and items that were seized from the possession of the suspect to be sent to the Government Analyst (GA) ahead of calling for a report. He then ordered the Director of the Prisons Department to make necessary arrangements for the CID Officers to record a statement from the remanded suspect. 

The remanded suspect was identified as R.A. Don Pramod Dilupa Ramanayake, who had been attached to the said firm located in Wellapita, Divulapitiya and he was taken into custody on 28 September by the CID. During interrogations, the suspect had confessed that he had erased the relevant data from the database using a special command. The Investigating Officers have uncovered that the IP address of the source of the command and the IP address of the software engineer’s computer had been the same. 

Senior State Counsel Jayani Wegodapola prayed the Court to issue an order to send two laptops, a tab, three cell phones and two data containers seized from the possession of the suspect, to the Digital Forensic Lab of the GA ahead of calling for reports on them. She also prayed the Chief Magistrate to issue an order to the Director of Prisons to facilitate the prosecution to record statements from the suspect on 21 and 23 October. 

Senior State Counsel Wegodapola then stated that the stance of the prosecution concerning the trial will be conveyed to Court in writing at a future hearing. Saliya Pieris PC appeared for the suspect and he prayed the Magistrate to enlarge his client on bail. Taking the submissions into consideration, Chief Magistrate Ragala advised the defence lawyer to submit the request for bail for the suspect in writing at the next hearing, which was fixed for the said date.

By Hansi Nanayakkara | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 20 2021

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