Rajitha and Rumy Mohammad indicted

By Hansi Nanayakkara | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 1 2020

By Hansi Nanayakkara

Attorney General (AG) Dappula de Livera indicted former Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratna and Rumy Mohammad at the Colombo High Court (CHC), on charges, pertaining to the controversial Media briefing held last year on alleged white van abductions.

Coordinating Officer to the AG, State Counsel, Nishara Jayaratna said on 31 July the duo had been indicted on 14 counts at the High Court, for flouting provisions in Sections 190 and 169 of the Penal Code, as well as violating provisions in Section 80 of the Presidential Election Act, No. 15 of 1981 by their actions.

Jayaratna noted that two other persons previously identified as suspects in the case, namely first suspect S. Sarath Kumara and second suspect W. Athula Sanjeewa Madanayaka, had been acquitted and said that they have turned State witnesses.

Dr. Senaratna, conducting a Media conference on 10 November last year, along with Kumara and Madanayaka, had allegedly revealed details pertaining to abductions through white vans, murders, acts of torture, theft of gold belonging to LTTE Leader Prabhakaran and Euros and concealing of information that had allegedly taken place during the previous Rajapaksa regime.

Later, the National Organiser of the Sinhale Organisation, Kumudu Pradeep Sanjeewa lodged a complaint with the CID, urging the latter to probe the incident.

Based on that complaint, the CID had then launched a probe, before the two persons who had been involved with Dr. Senaratna’s  Media briefing, Kumara and Madanayaka were nabbed by them and produced before Court on 16 December, last year. The two suspects were ordered to be incarcerated till 27 December 2019, before the case was called up again.

By Hansi Nanayakkara | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 1 2020

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