Duminda Silva murder conviction appeal:
DSG asserts suspect was not abducted, but arrested by CID


Duminda Silva

By Chitra Weerarathne

Deputy Solicitor General Thusith Mudalige yesterday told the Supreme Court that the third accused Dematagoda Chaminda had made a false statement from the dock that he had been abducted on his return from India.

 DSG Mudalige said that the CID had arrested the third accused, when he arrived at the airport, after being deported from India. He had fled to India after the killing of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra on October 13, 2011 in the Kolonnawa area on the day of the local government polls.

The word abduction was being used by the defence counsel in support of the appeal filed by the accused appellant former UPFA Parliamentarian Duminda Silva, and a few other accused persons convicted by the High Court Trial-at-Bar of the killing of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra at Dematagoda. 

Evidence had revealed that Duminda Silva and Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra (then advisor to former President Rajapaksa on labour affairs) had a rift.

On the day of the killing, the two rival groups had confronted each other and Duminda Silva had assaulted Bharatha Lakshman. Shots had been fired. Bharatha Lakshman had been found in a pool of blood on the road, the court was told.

Subsequent to the conviction of murder and the penalty of death imposed by the High Court Trial-at-Bar, the convicts have appealed to the Supreme Court.

Anil Silva P.C., Shavindra Fernando P.C., Anuja Premaratna P.C. appeared for the accused appellants.

The bench comprised Chief Justice Priyasath Dep, Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena, Justice Nalin Perera and Justice Vijith Malalgoda.

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