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* Sri Lanka AG files appeal against HC verdict on Tamil MP's murder case seeking retrial
Thu, Jan 12, 2017, 12:00 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Attorney General has filed an appeal with the Court of Appeals against the recent judgment of the Colombo High Court in the case of former TNA Jaffna District parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj's murder seeking a retrial.

The Colombo High Court acquitted on 23 December acquitted all suspects including three Navy intelligence officers of the trial from all charges after a jury reached a unanimous decision. The jury's decision was that the accused cannot be convicted based on the evidence in the case.

The Attorney General said that a reasonable verdict could not be expected as the members of the jury were tired.

The wife of murdered MP, Sasikala Raviraj also filed an appeal yesterday in the Court of Appeal seeking an order to set aside the verdict of the High Court to acquit and release all accused from the case.

The Attorney General on 21 July 2016 filed indictments in the High Court against six accused over the killing of TNA MP and his body guard in 2006.

The indictments were filed against six accused Palana Sami Suresh alias Sami, Prasad Chandana Kumara alias Sampath, Gamini Seneviratne, Pradeep Chaminda alias Vajira, Sivakanthan Vivekanandan alias Charan and Fabian Royston Toussaint on five counts, including committing the murder of Raviraj and his security officer Lokuwella Murage Laksman under the provisions of the PTA and Penal Code.

The suspects included three former Navy personnel including two officers. The other suspects included two members of the LTTE Karuna Faction and a police officer. Three of the suspects were tried in absentia as they were absconding since the beginning of investigations.

The Colombo High Court Judge Manilal Waidyatilleke acquitted and released the six accused including three Navy intelligence officers after they were found not guilty by a special jury. Wijeya Wickrema Manamperige Sanjaya Preethi Viraj was released earlier as he turned state witness in the Raviraj murder trial.

Nadaraja Raviraj was shot dead by gunmen riding a motorbike in Colombo on 10th November 2006. His bodyguard, Police Constable Lakshman Lokuwella attached to the Jaffna Police Station, was also killed in the shooting.

 


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