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Monday, 17 September 2012 - 19:06
Police provides explanations for delays in Malaka Silvas arrest
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7 suspects including the Son of Minister Mervyn Silva, Malaka Silva were placed under protective custody until the 24th of this month.

The suspects had turned them selves in at the Slave island police this morning prior to their arrest.

Subsequently the verdict regarding the suspects was issued by the Fort magistrate.

Fort Magistrate Kanishka Silva who presided over the case ordered that all other 5 suspects excluding Malaka Silva & the individual identified as Rohan Wijerathna be produced for an identification parade on the 01st of October.

Presidents Counsels Hemantha Warnakulasooriya & Jayantha Weerasinghe appearing on behalf of Malaka Silva noted that their client was suffering from a spinal injury.

Hence the Attorneys appearing on behalf of Malaka Silva requested court to grant their client bail.

Upon considering facts presented before it, court issued a verdict that the prime suspects of the case be placed under remand custody until the 24th of this month.

Minister Mervyn Silva who marked his presence at the court premises expressed these views to the media subsequent to today's court decision being issued.

A group including Malaka Silva had allegedly carried out an assault on an army major on the 09th of this month.

The group were placed under arrest followed by a lapse of a week's period.

Meanwhile Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province Anura Senanayeke who headed the investigations in this regard expressed the following views during a media briefing which was convened this morning.

The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission has decided to make inquiries from the police as to why they failed to arrest Minister Mervyn Silva’s son Malaka who had allegedly assaulted an Army intelligence officer during a brawl.

Commissioner of the SLHRC Attorney at law Dr. Prathibha Mahanamahewa stated that police officials who were entrusted with the investigation would be summoned to the SLHRC for inquiries.

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