Appeal filed by Vass Gunawardena fixed for support

The appeal petition filed by former DIG Vaas Gunawardena, his son, Ravindu Vaas Gunawardena and four police officers challenging Colombo High Court's judgment to convict them for committing the murder of millionaire businessman Mohamed Shyam, was yesterday fixed for support by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare, Justice Sisira de Abrew and Justice Anil Goonaratne fixed the matter for support on September 6. Former DIG Vaas Gunawardena, his son, Ravindu Vaas Gunawardena and four police officers were sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court Trial–at-Bar Bench for committing the murder of millionaire businessman Mohamed Shyam in 2013 at Dompe area. This appeal is to be heard before the Five-Judge-Bench of the Supreme Court on next date. The accused who were ordered to be sentenced to death were; former DIG Vaas Gunawardena and his son, Ravindu Vaas Gunawardena, Sub Inspector Indika Bamunuge, Police Constable (PC) Gamini Sarath Chandra, PC Priyanka Sanjeewa and PC Kelum Ranga.

Through their appeal, six accused-appellants stated that they were seeking the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to review and set aside their conviction and the death sentence imposed by the High Court.

President's Counsel Gamini Marapana with Anil Silva PC and counsel Asitha Vipulanayake appeared for the accused-appellants. 


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