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Thursday, 31 May 2012 - 18:36
Appeals court rejects request made to summon former Attorney General
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The Appeals Court today rejected a request which had been filed calling for the nullification of a court order which had been issued by the Homagama Magistrate in connection to the disappearance case of missing journalist Pregeeth Eknaligoda.

Accordingly the Homagama Magistrate had ordered former Attorney General Mohan Peiris to be present in court in order to present evidence.

Attorney General Eva Wanasundera who appeared before court today stated that summoning the Former Attorney General over a statement which he had made on an official scale would constitute of harassment against him.

The judge presiding over the case had questioned the Attorney General asking her as to how could summons before court amount to harassment.

Subsequently Appeals Court Judge Ranjith De Silva rescinded the request which had been made by the current Attorney General.

Moreover the presiding judge had also noted that a Magistrate was vested with the power of summoning any individual before court accept for the countries president and also had noted that the appeals court does not intend on interfering with the affairs pertaining to a Magistrate.

Hence the appeals court which rejected the Attorney Generals request is due to reconsider the case on the 23rd of July.

Former Attorney General Mohan Peiris during a session of the United Nations Committee Against Torture had stated that missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda was at sanctuary in a foreign country.

Accordingly the wife of Prageeth Eknaligoda had requested of the Homagama Magistrate to summon the former Attorney General before its presence in order to ascertain his statement in this regard.

There by the Homagama Magistrate decided that it was sagacious to summon the Former Attorney General before its presence.

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