Nishantha tells Court, Police threatened to kill him

Controversial UPFA Galle District candidate for the forthcoming Southern Provincial Council elections and Akmeemana electorate SLFP organizer Nishantha Muthuhettigama yesterday told the Galle Chief Magistrate Thamara Tennekoon that he had been threatened with death by the Galle Harbour Police. He said he had no faith in the police.

Muthuhettigama was addressing the Court from the dock after seeking the Magistrate’s permission to do so. He was in Court on charges, preferred by the Galle Harbour Police and Galle Police, of violating election regulations.

He told the Court that he has faith in the Secretary of Defence and the Judiciary.

He said that on September 18 while on his way home from the Court after being bailed out, the OIC of the Galle Harbour Police, along with some thugs, had assaulted him. "I was physically injured due this assault and I have in my possession a compact disc where the assault had been recorded," he said.

He also said that five complaints made against him in the Baddegama and Udugama Police stations have been withdrawn by the complainants. Despite a Court order to give a statement to the Galle Habour Police, Muthuhettigama said he was unable to comply with the order because of the threats against him by the Galle Harbour Police.

At this stage lawyers appearing for the suspect forwarded to Court a compact disc said to have recorded the assault on Mthuhettigama.

The Magistrate advised Muthuhettigama to give a statement to the Senior Superintendent of Police, Galle if he had been threatened by the Galle Harbour Police. He was also warned by Court that if he fails to carry out Court orders his bail would be cancelled.

The Magistrate directed the Galle Harbour Police a submit report on the case on November 6 and the Galle Police to submit a report on January 6.

Attorneys-at-Law P. K. L. Bandara, Thushara Silva and Sisira Wijesuriya appeared on behalf of Muthuhettigama.

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