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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 - 8:12
Update: Vass Gunawardena granted bail after 2 years

The panel of 3 High Court judges granted bail for the 5 suspects including former DIG Vass Gunawardana who was remanded in connection with the murder of Bambalapitiya millionaire businessman Mohamed Siyam.

Each suspect was granted bail on a Rs. 500,000 cash bail and 4 personal bails amounting to Rs. 1 million.

The panel of High Court Judges which granted bail to the five suspects included Justice Lalith Jayasuriya, Justice Kusala Sarojini Weerawardana and Justice Amendra Seneviratne.

The Judges also banned foreign travels for the suspects and warned them not to intimidate the witnesses of the case, as they can be remanded again.

The Attorney General indicted the 5 suspects including former DIG Vass Gunawardana in 2013 for allegedly murdering businessman Mohamed Siyam and aiding and abetting the murder.

However, former DIG Vass Gunawardana would be further held in remand on the charges of possessing firearms.

Update : Tuesday, 16 June 2015 - 17:39

Verdict whether bail should be granted to Vaas Gunawardana today

The verdict as to whether to grant or not grant bail to the five defendants including former DIG Vaas Gunawardhana remanded over the charge of killing Bambalapitiya millionaire businessman Mohamed Siyaam is scheduled to be revealed today.

That is before a three-member high court bench of judges comprising Justices Lalith Jayasuriya, Kusalaa Sarojinee Weerawardhana and Aamendra Seneviratne.

Lawyers appearing on behalf of the five defendants including Vaas Gunawardhana pointed out that these defendants have been detained in remand for more than two years and that according to the Bail Act it was not possible to detain a suspect beyond two years.

The three-member bench of judges said yesterday that this verdict would be revealed today in accordance with request for releasing the defendants on bail.

Except Vaas Gunawardhana’s son the others out of the six defendants who have been accused in the case of the killing of Mohamed Siyaam have thus requested for bail.

While former Attorney General Paalitha Fernando had petitioned the then Chief Justice Mohan Peiris to have this case heard without a jury not before a special bench of judges comprising three high court judges considering it  a special court matter, this case is being heard before a three-member bench of judges in view of the said request.

The attorney general has filed charges against the defendants with regard to abetting and assisting in, and killing Mohamed Siyaam between April 4th and May 22nd in 2013.
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