Welikada Prison riot case: Court reprimands suspects, next hearing tomorrow
By Hansi Nanayakkara
The Colombo Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar on 26 June issued strict warnings to Inspector of Police Neomal Rangajeewa and former Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewa, that their bail order would be cancelled and they would be remanded unless they stopped making statements to the Media, which could pose a negative impact on the Welikada Prison riot case and the Judiciary.
Rangajeewa and Lamahewa are the first and second suspects in the Welikada Prison riot case. Judges Gihan Kulatunga, Pradeep Hettiarachchi and Manjula Thilakarathne issued those warnings when Deputy Solicitor General Dilan Rathnayake who represented the Attorney General informed them that the two defendants had made remarks which could cause a negative impact on both the case and the Judiciary after appearing before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating political victimisation from 2015 to 2019.
Rathnayake requested the Judges to take a suitable measure to prevent the negative impact on the case by the defendants’ statements.
The Judges then issued severe warnings to both defendants and informed the prosecution to submit a written complaint on the matter at the next hearing.
The next hearing will be tomorrow (1). The Welikada Prison riots broke out during an alleged search for illegal arms on
9 November 2012. The riot left 27 persons dead and 40 injured.