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Friday, 27 November 2015 - 15:41
Update: Vaas Gunawardana, his son and 4 others sentenced to death
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The six suspects including ex DIG Vass Gunawardana and his son Ravindu Gunawardana were sentenced to death after they were found guilty of the murder  Millionaire Businessman Mohamed Siyam.

The case was heard by a special Trial at Bar without a Jury at the request of former Attorney general Palitha Fernando from the then Chief Justice Mohan Peries.

The case was heard and the verdict announced today by the High Court judge Lalith Jayasuriya, who chaired the panel of judges.  The other judges of the trial at bar were Kusala Sarojini Weerawardana and Amendra Seneviratne.

The suspects were indicted for conspiring with Mohammad Fowzdeen and Krishantha Koralage during the time frame between April 04 and May 22 in 2013.

Mohammad Fowzdeen and Krishantha Koralage later switched their positioning and became state witnesses.

The second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth suspects were charged for the murder of the businessman .Vass Gunawardana was charged for aiding and abetting the other suspects.

In addition to Vass Gunawardana and his son, ex Sub Inspector Lakmina Indika Bamunusinghe, ex constables Gamini Atapattu Sanathchandra, Ananda Pathirage, Priyantha Sanjeewa and Kelum Rangana Dissanayake were also convicted.

Former DIG Vass Gunawardana was arrested on June 10th 2013 in connection with the Mohammad Siyam’s murder and, the six suspects including Vass Gunawardana were indicted on March 31st 2014.

135 witnesses gave evidence before the Court in connection with the case.

When the trial at bar enquired  from the suspect if he desired to make any remarks, ex DIG Vass Gunawardana took the opportunity to reject the charges made against him in connection with the murder.

He further stated that ASP Shani Abeysekera dragged his son into this case as a personal feud.  He told Court that he never wanted his son to be involved in the crime.

Making a remark before Court, Vass Gunawardana’s son, Ravindu Gunawardana said that his father has made a big sacrifice for the country.  In return it seems his father will end up in jail.



Update: Friday, 27 November 2015 - 19:55
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Vass Gunawardana, his son and five other suspects sentenced to death for Mohammad Siyam murder


The six suspects including ex DIG Vass Gunawardana and his son Ravindu Gunawardana were sentenced to death after they found guilty of the Millionaire Businessman Mohamed Siyam murder.

The case was heard by a panel of three High Court judges chaired by Lalith Jayasuriya.  Judges Kusala Sarojini Weerawardana and Amendra Seneviratne also sat in the panel.

The suspects were indicted by the Attorney General for abducting and conspiring to kill businessman Mohammad Ahamadeen Siyam between April 04 and May 22 in 2013.


Update: Friday, 27 November 2015 - 15:55
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Vass Gunawardana found guilty of Mohammad Siyam murder case

The six suspects including ex DIG Vass Gunawardana and his son Ravindu Gunawardana were found guilty of the Millionaire Businessman Mohamed Siyam murder.

The case was heard by a panel of three High Court judges chaired by Lalith Jayasuriya.  Judges Kusala Sarojini Weerawardana and Amendra Seneviratne also sat in the panel.

The verdict of the case is scheduled to be declared today.

The suspects were indicted by the Attorney General for abducting and conspiring to kill businessman Mohammad Ahamadeen Siyam between April 04 and May 22 in 2013.
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