Attorney General Y J W Wijethilaka stated that a case can be filed over a criminal offence only if there is substantial evidence acceptable before a court of law.
The Attorney General expressed these views issuing a communiqué over the cases pertaining to the Avant Garde matter and Kumaran Pathmanathan, alias KP.
The AG further stated that he was issuing such a communiqué considering various interpretations given by media over the cases.
Meanwhile, Democratic Party Leader Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka joining in the Salakuna programme telecast on Hiru TV recently expressed these views regarding the steps taken by the Attorney General over the 2 cases.
However the communiqué issued by the Attorney General further stated that the case pertaining to Avant Garde had been acted upon based on the evidence forwarded by the CID.
The Defence Ministry, Sri Lanka Navy and few other Institutions had presented their observations over the case to the Attorney General’s Department.
Accordingly no offence had been found to have been committed under the Weapons Act, Explosives Act or Prevention of Terrorism Act.
Also with regard to the case on KP, investigations have not yet been completed over his involvement with terrorist outfits.
Time has also been requested from court to present further details on his involvement in the crimes he is charged with. Attorney General Y J W Wijethilaka further says that the court was not informed that no cases will be files on KP.
Hence it was further stated that cases are filed based on evidence, and not on rumours.