Apr 02, Colombo: A court in Sri Lanka will decide next month whether to indict governing part parliamentarian Duminda Silva for the murder of Presidential Advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra.
Colombo Additional Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage reserved order for May 2 on whether to indict Silva and 12 others in the High Court on charges of killing Premachandra and three others on October 10, 2011.
At the conclusion of his non summary inquiry into the killing, the Magistrate has said that it had been affirmed that Silva and 12 other suspects could be indicted on charges of unlawful assembly and the killing of Premachandra and three others while causing grievous injuries to Premachandra's official body guard R. Gamini.
The accused have pleaded not guilty and their counsel had informed the Magistrate that the accused would not make dock statements or lead evidence for the defence at this stage.
MP Silva is the 11th accused of killing 4 people including former ruling party MP Premachandra in an election day shootout on October 08, 2011. MP Silva was also injured seriously in the gun battle and received treatment at a hospital in Singapore for 18 months.