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Vass' wife summoned to Court

2013 Jul 02

By Binoy Suriyaarachchi

 


The Colombo Magistrate's Court yesterday issued notices on Shyamali P. Perera, the wife of former DIG Vass Gunawardena, for allegedly threatening a witness in the Mohamed Shyam murder case. The notice was issued by Magistrate Mohammad Shahabuddin, when ASP Shani Abeysekera of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informed Courts that Shyamali P. Perera has threatened the wife of police officer, Sanath Chandrasiri, who is under detention over the incident.

 

 

The wife of the former DIG is alleged to have threatened the wife of the police officer over the phone, stating, "I heard they expect to name your husband as a State witness in the case. Does he expect to give evidence against us? In any case, do not even think about being a State witness," Shani Abeysekera informed the Magistrate.

 

 

Following the observation, Magistrate Shahabuddin ordered Shyamali P. Perera to personally appear in Court on 9 July.

Sources from the CID told Ceylon Today Perera had contacted Chandrasiri's wife on DIG Vass' mobile phone about 10 times since 21 June.

 

 

Vass Gunawardena, who is in remand custody, was brought to the Courts yesterday and was ordered to be remanded till 9 July.

 

 

Meanwhile, the Magistrate directed the prison authorities to allow the CID to record a statement from Vass Gunawardena inside the prison premises. The order was issued following a request made by the CID. ASP Abeysekera also said two vehicles that were allegedly used for the crime have been sent to the Government Analyst.

 

 

An appeal made by the CID to release copies of the two statements that were recorded inside the Magistrate's chamber from two civilian suspects in the case was dismissed by the Magistrate.

 

 

Attorney-at-Law Anuja Premaratne, appearing on behalf of the suspects, objected,saying his clients exclusively made their statements before the Magistrate, but not to the CID. He pointed out the Attorney General can refer to these statements and can use the statements when filing indictments against the accused.

The case will be heard again on 9 July.

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