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Former DIG Vass Gunawardena’s case:

Appeal fixed for inquiry

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 inquiry by the Supreme Court.

When the matter came up before the Supreme Court five-judge-bench headed by Justice Sisira de Abrew, the appeal was fixed for inquiry on May 21.

The Supreme Court five-judge-bench comprised Justices Sisira de Abrew, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena, Justice Vijith Malalgoda and Justice Preethi Padman Surasena.

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, in Dompe.

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, the 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, Anuja Premaratne PC, Counsel Darshana Kuruppu and counsel Asitha Vipulanayake appeared for the accused-appellants.

Additional Solicitor General Ayesha Jinasena appeared for the Attorney General.


 

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