Staged shoot­ing of SAITM CEO; sus­pects fur­ther re­manded


When the case of the al­leged staged shoot­ing at the ve­hi­cle driven by the for­mer CEO of SAITM Med­i­cal College Dr. Sameera Se­narathne in or­der to prove that his life was in dan­ger was taken up for hear­ing again yes­ter­day be­fore Kaduwela Mag­is­trate and Ad­di­tional Dis­trict Judge Prasanna Al­wis, the four sus­pects in­clud­ing Dr. Se­narathne were fur­ther re­manded till June 28.

The sus­pects in this case are Sumith Niroshana alias Teena, Sisira Udaya Ku­mara, Arun Lak­mal Kushan­tha Wi­lathga­muwa and Dr. Sameera Se­narathne.

When the case re­sumed yes­ter­day At­tor­ney PC Neville Abeyrathne, rep­re­sent­ing the fourth sus­pect Dr. Se­narathne ar­gued that his client had been taken into cus­tody by the CID un­jus­ti­fi­ably on charges of claim­ing threats on his life, con­spir­ing and giv­ing false state­ments, and that his client had no ne­ces­sity to stage a scene that his life was in dan­ger.

Sergeant Wasala Than­thri rep­re­sent­ing the CID ar­gued that the fourth sus­pect had de­lib­er­ately con­spired to sup­press the con­tin­u­ous protests launched by the Uni­ver­sity Stu­dents against Dr. Neville Fer­nando.

Con­sid­er­ing the sub­mis­sions of both par­ties, Mag­is­trate Prasanna Al­wis stated in open courts that from the facts stated by the pros­e­cu­tion it has been proved that the fourth Sus­pect Doc­tor had paid money to the other sus­pects and con­spired to stage this in­ci­dent and as a mea­sure of pre­vent­ing un­due in­flu­ence on the of­fi­cers con­duct­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions, the sus­pects were or­dered to be re-re­manded till June 28.

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