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* Former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda’s petition hearing on May 17
Fri, Mar 5, 2021, 12:25 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 04, Colombo: The Court of Appeal has directed to take up the writ petition filed by former Navy Commander Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda seeking the annulment of the indictment filed against him by the Attorney General in connection with the alleged abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in 2008 on May 17.

The petition was taken up before a bench of Justices Arjuna Obeysekera and Mayadunne Correa today.

Additional Solicitor General Ayesha Jinasena on behalf of the Attorney General informed the Court of Appeal today (4) that further investigations are being carried out into the writ petition filed by Karannagoda.

After considering the statements made by the Additional Solicitor General, the Court of Appeal adjourned the hearing of the writ petition filed by the former Navy Commander to May 17.

The Attorney General has been named as a respondent in the petition filed by the former Navy Commander seeking an interim injunction on the High Court case against him in connection with the abduction, disappearance and murder of 11 youths.

The petitioner had sought notice to the respondents in this writ petition and to issue an interim order suspending the hearing of the relevant indictment case.

The Court of Appeal issued an interim order on June 25 last year suspending the indictment against Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda, Commander of the Colombo Special High Court, in connection with the abduction, disappearance and murder of 11 youths.

Wasantha Karannagoda says that the Attorney General has filed a case against a group of suspects including himself in connection with the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in 2008 before a three-judge bench of the Colombo High Court.

Mr. Karannagoda pointed out that the manner in which he was connected to the case was against the law and that there was no evidence against him.

Therefore, he has requested the court to issue a writ order to nullify the charge sheet filed against him.

The Appeal Court has issued an interim injunction order preventing Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar from hearing the case against former Navy Commander Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda.


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