Sep 16, 2020

Large scale drug trafficker acquitted due to police conduct Featured

Colombo High Court Judge Vikum Kaluarachchi yesterday (15) said that being compelled to acquit and release large scale drug traffickers due to failings of the police was a shame.

Justice Kaluarachchi noted this when he was compelled to release a drug trafficker with 198g of drugs, due to the contradiction of witness statements and the weaknesses in the notes of police officers involved in the raid.

The Attorney General had filed charges against the suspect under the charges of possessing 198.19g of heroin in the Town Hall area on or around Sep. 26, 2012.

During cross examination of the Defence, it was revealed that the statements of the STF officer who conducted the raid were contradictory while their notes contained weaknesses.