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All accused in heroin smuggling case remanded until trial close

The case filed against five accused for importing and possessing over 196 kilos of heroin was fixed for pre-trial-conference on September 23 by the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar.

When the case was taken up before the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar Bench comprising Colombo High Court Judges Adithya Patabendige, Manjula Thilakaratne and Mahen Weeraman, the two accused who were recently released on bail by the Colombo High Court appeared before court and the other thre accused were produced by the Prison Authorities.

Following serving indictments to the accused, Deputy Solicitor General Lakmini Girihagama informed Court that as the prosecution they were opposing granting bail to the accused at this moment.

Counsel who appeared for the first and second accused informed Court that his clients were previously released on bail conditions by the Colombo High Court while counsels who appeared for the other accused informed that they are not expected to file bail applications for their clients at this moment.

Considering the facts, the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar ordered to remand all accused until the final determination of the case and fixed the case for pre-trial-conference on September 23.

Previously, Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya had appointed a Trial-at-Bar at the Colombo High Court to hear the case filed against five accused by the Attorney General for importing and possessing 198 kilos of Heroin. Upon the request made by Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratham, a special Trial-at-Bar bench has been appointed by the Chief Justice to try the case against five accused who were arrested on the high seas while bringing over 196 kilos of heroin to Sri Lanka for smuggling.

Colombo High Court Judge Adithya Patabendige has been appointed as the presiding Judge of the panel while High Court Judges Manjula Thilakaratne and Mahen Weeraman have been appointed as the other members of the Judge panel.

The accused were arrested on the northern International High Seas while bringing 13 bags containing 248 packets of heroin weighing 263kg from a vessel named ‘St.Anthony’ on April 21, 2019.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against the five accused Anura Chaminda Appuhamy, Thawarasa Sudhakaran, Aglesa Pillai Thawarasa, Lasantha Priyalal Appuhamy and Kandiah Chandrakumar on charges of trafficking and possessing, for importing 196.986 kilos of heroin to Sri Lanka.

Deputy Solicitor General Lakmini Girihagama appeared on behalf of the Attorney General while Attorneys Gamini Alwis and Namal Rajapaksa appeared for the defence. 


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