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* Pillayan acquitted in Pararajasingham murder case and released
Wed, Jan 13, 2021, 11:14 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 13, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Wednesday acquitted and released the five suspects, including Batticaloa District Parliamentarian Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan, who were charged with the murder of former Batticaloa District MP Joseph Pararajasingham.

Batticaloa High Court Judge S. Susaidasan today (13) ordered the dismissal of the case filed against Batticaloa District Parliamentarian Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan who had earlier been released on bail.

Also, four others, including former Eastern Provincial Councilors Edwin Kirushanandan and Pradeep Master, who were remanded on suspicion of the murder, were also ordered to be released.

When the murder case was heard in the High Court last Monday (11) before High Court Judge S. Susaidasan, the Senior State Counsel appearing for the Attorney General informed the court that there is no need to file evidence in the case and proceed further.

Accordingly, the court had said that the verdict would be given today (13). The order was issued by the Magistrate after considering all the facts.

The CID arrested the former LTTE leader Pillayan on October 11, 2015 when he arrived at the CID office in Colombo to give a statement over the killing of former Batticaloa district Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham. He had been in remand custody until the Batticaloa High Court Judge T. Wigneswaran released the suspects on bail on 24 November 2020.

TNA parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham was killed by unidentified gunmen when he was attending a Christmas midnight mass at St Mary's church in Batticaloa on December 25, 2005.


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