Emil Ranjan further remanded till January 22 | Daily News

Emil Ranjan further remanded till January 22

When the magisterial inquiry into the Welikada Prison riot in 2012 was taken up before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s court, Attorney-at-law Senaka Perera appearing on behalf of the aggrieved party informed the court that defendant Former Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewa had threatened to Journalist Kasun Pussewela.

Attorney-at-law Senaka Perera also stated that Kasun Puswella had lodged a complaint regarding this threatened incident to the National authority of Assisting and Protecting Victims of Crime and Witnesses and Criminal Investigations department.

Attorney-at-law Perera further stated that Inspector Neomal Rangajeewa has been acting in an intimidiating manner towards Journalist Kasun Puswella on social media.

Former Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewa who was arrested in connection to the Welikada Prison riot in 2012, was today ordered to be further remanded till January 22 by Colombo Additional Magistrate Isuru Neththikumara.

Criminal Investigations Department submitted a further report before the court.
                                                         
Inspector Neomal Rangajeewa of the Police Narcotics Bureau is on bail in this case. On September 25, the Court of Appeal ordered Rangajeewa’s release on bail taking a revision application filed by him into consideration.

Rangajeewa and Lamahewa were arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on March 28 in connection with the Welikada Prison riot in 2012.

After considering all the matters, the Magistrate ordered the CID to commence an investigation regarding the threatened incident and submit the investigations progress on next calling date.

CID also stated that investigations are still ongoing. CID further stated the government analyst report into the weapons had not been received yet.

Twenty-seven inmates were killed and more than 20 others injured in deadly shooting during the riot on November 9, 2012, when prisoners took control of the populated prison, objecting to an unannounced search by the Special Task Force to nab hidden arms, drugs and mobile phones at the prison.

The Attorney-at-law Sanjaya Gamage appeared on behalf of the Former Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewa pleaded his client be granted bail.

The Magistrate also ordered the Inspector of the Police Narcotics Bureau Neomal Rangajeewa to appear before the court on January 22.


 

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