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* MP Hirunika Premachandra fails to appear in court on abduction case, trial re-fixed for April
Tue, Jan 10, 2017, 10:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 10, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today re-fixed the dates for the trial of an abduction case against the United National Front Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra and eight others as the MP failed to appear in court today.

When the case was taken for trial today at the Colombo High Court, Defense Counsel appearing for the parliamentarian producing a medical report informed the court that his client has been hospitalized at a private hospital for a considerable illness and receiving treatment.

Accordingly, the Colombo High Court judge R. Gurusinghe re-fixed the trial for April 26 and 27.

The Attorney General on 7th August 2016 filed 29 counts of charges in the Colombo High Court against the UNF Parliamentarian and eight of her supporters over the abduction of an individual in the Dematagoda area last year.

Following the indictments, Colombo High Court Judge Padmini N. Ranawaka fixed the trial of the case against MP Premachandra and the others for January 10 and 11, 2017 releasing the suspects on bail.

The MP and her supporters are alleged of abducting a man identified as Amila Priyanga Amarasinghe on the 15th of December 2015 at a store in Dematagoda and taken in a 'Defender' vehicle belongs to the MP and assaulting him over a domestic dispute.

Ms. Premachandra has admitted that she had sent her personal 'Defender' vehicle with her supporters to the shop in Dematagoda where the man was employed in order to resolve the dispute.

 


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