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* Attorney General requests three-judge panel to hear Rathupaswala case
Wed, Jul 10, 2019, 11:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 10, Colombo: The Attorney General has asked the Chief Justice to nominate a three-member High Court bench to hear the case of shooting Rathupaswala protesters.

The Attorney General has asked Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya to nominate a three-member High Court bench to investigate the case of shooting and killing of Rathupaswala villagers who were demanding safe drinking water during the previous regime.

Attorney General's coordinating officer, State Counsel Nisara Jayaratne said that the request was made by Attorney General Dappula de Livera to the Chief Justice today (10).

Army Brigadier Anura Deshapriya Gunawardena and three army personnel - Army Staff Sergeant Dingiri Arunge Sirisena, Sergeant Lalith Gray and Corporal Jayasundara Mudiyanselage Thilakaratne have been named as the defendants in the case.

In a letter to the Chief Justice, the Attorney General stated that they will be charged on 94 counts.

The Attorney General has decided that it would be appropriate to hold a hearing before a three-member High Court panel on the matter which has caused a great public uproar.

Accordingly, the Attorney General has written to the Chief Justice to nominate a three-member panel of judges with no jury to hear the case in terms of the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code.

On August 01, 2013, the Army shooting at the protesters, who were demanding clean drinking water, fatally shot two students, Akila Dinesh and Ramila Ravishan, and another youth Nilantha Pushpakumara. Another 26 including several journalists were injured in the shooting. The shooting incident gained wide publicity internationally as well as locally

 

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