The Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake, who was unsatisfied with the manner the Fort Police was conducting the investigation regarding the CDS who is alleged to have threatened a key witness in the case pertaining to abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in 2008-2009. Issued this order.
The Attorney appearing on behalf of the relatives of the disappeared youths, Achala Seneviratne told the media that as the magistrate had realised the lethargic attitude shown towards the investigation by the Fort Police OIC, had ordered that the investigation be handed over to another police station under a different officer.
The complaint had been lodged against the CDS Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne at the Fort Police regarding the assault and attempt to abduct the witness Lt. Commodore Laksiri Galagamage at the Navy Headquarters by a group of armed security officers.
However, the Magistrate had granted bail to the CDS as he had not been named as a suspect by the Fort Police.
The magistrate had pointed out to the Fort Police OIC that had the CDS been named as a suspect, the power to grant bail would lie with the Appeal Court and not the Magistrate’s Court.
Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne was released on two sureties of Rs. One million each and sternly warned against exerting any pressure on the witnesses.
The case is scheduled to be taken up again on December 16.
During the hearing, the President’s Counsel Anuja Premaratne appearing for the Admiral had insulted Attorney Achala Seneviratne alleging that she was being funded by NGOs, which had come under severe reprimand of the Magistrate and Premaratne had to apologise in the open court.
The case pertaining to the 11 persons who were abducted will be taken up on December 11.
Investigators revealed that CDS Wijegunaratne had helped Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, a navy intelligence officer and chief suspect in the murders, evade arrest.