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* Mervyn Silva ordered to appear before the court again on November 16
Thu, Aug 18, 2022, 11:04 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Court says no need for bail for Mervyn Silva who stopped cattle slaughter in Kelaniya

Aug 18, Colombo: Colombo Additional Magistrate Keminda Perera today ordered the former minister Mervyn Silva to appear before the court on November 16 when he was presented before the court following his arrest earlier in the day.

The Criminal Investigation Department arrested Mr. Silva earlier today in connection with an incident in 2007 of forcibly entry to the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) and assault.

Mr. Silva has been accused of entering the national television station by force on December 27, 2007 and assaulting its director and acting as an illegal public.

Colombo Additional Magistrate Keminda Perera has said that it is not necessary to release the suspect on bail and it is sufficient for him to appear before the court on the next court date.

The magistrate also said that bail is unnecessary for this suspect who stopped the slaughter of cows in Kelaniya area.

The Criminal Investigation Department said before the court that they had submitted the investigation reports they had made regarding this incident in 2007 to the Attorney General.

Accordingly, an officer of the Criminal Investigation Department said that the Attorney General had instructed Mr. Mervyn Silva to be named as a suspect in this incident and that he should be arrested and brought to court

The lawyer representing the suspect Mervyn Silva said all the charges against his client are bailable offences. The lawyer said that on the day of the incident, his client went to meet the chairman of the SLRC and the union leaders who were there at that time incited the employees to attack his client.

The defense lawyer stated that even though Mr. Silva made a complaint to the police regarding the assault, the complaint has not been investigated so far.

The Additional Magistrate, who considered the facts presented, said that bail is unnecessary for the suspect who stopped the cattle slaughter in Kelaniya area. Accordingly, it was ordered to reconvene the case on November 16.


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