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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 - 18:49
Chief of Defence staff remanded
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Chief of defense staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne surrendered himself before courts today and was ordered to be remanded until the 5th of December by Colombo- Fort magistrate Ranga Dissanayake.

Our correspondent at the court complex noted that his bail application was rejected.

The chief of defense staff appeared before courts for allegations of offering protection to Lt. Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi who is a chief suspect in the abduction of 11 youth.

Court orders were issued during 3 instances summoning him to court, during which the CID informed the courts that sufficient evidence for his arrest had been acquired.

He was summoned before the CID on the 10th of September, and was unable to attend as he was abroad on an official matter in Mexico.

Fort magistrate Ranga Dissanayake issued a court order on arresting and producing Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne before court on the 2nd of November.

Even though he had been informed to appear before the CID yesterday to obtain a statement, the chief of defense staff Ravindra Wijegunaratne had failed to make his presence.

When our news team inquired from him regarding his absence, he noted that he was to appear before courts today.

Accordingly, he had appeared before courts in uniform.

During which the CID had informed the courts that the chief of defense staff has been named as the second suspect of the incident.

The case was postponed to 2.30 pm in order take up the complaint lodged by the Fort Police regarding the assault of Lt. Commander Galagamage Laksiri who had presented evidence against the chief of defense staff.

Accordingly, the magistrate ordered the fort police OIC to appear before courts for the complaint.

Meanwhile, police also arrested a Junior officer of the Navy who had assaulted a newspaper photographer who had been covering the incident.

The journalist had lodged a complaint with the Slave island police and accordingly he had been arrested.

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