Raviraj murder case fixed for trial | Daily News

Raviraj murder case fixed for trial

Colombo Additional Magistrate Ms. Nirosha Fernando yesterday fixed the date for the non-summary inquiry to be held on January 4 in absentia of the three accused, in connection with the murder of former TNA Jaffna District MP Nadaraja Raviraj.

Accordingly, the Court issued summons on three witnesses to appear in Court on the next hearing date.

Meanwhile, the Additional Magistrate ordered that two suspects who had been named earlier as the suspects in connection with this incident be released from the case since the Attorney General has given instruction to do so over non sufficient evidence against them.

Two suspects who were ordered to be released from the case were; Nalaka Mathakaweera and Aruna Shantha.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General had given instruction to name former Lieutenant Commander Sampath Munasinghe as the seventh accused in the case.

Senior State Counsel Dilan Ratnayake appearing for the Attorney General informed Court that three accused Sivakanthan Vivekanandan alias Charan, Palana Sami Suresh and Fabian Royston Tusen had evaded Courts and the witnesses be permitted to give their evidence in this respect.

The witnesses including CID officers conformed that the three accused had avoided Courts and police up to now.

The CID filed charge sheets in Court against seven accused including four navy personnel, two ex-LTTE carders affiliated to Karuna faction for allegedly conspiring to commit the murder of former TNA MP.

The Attorney General had given instructions to conduct a non-summary inquiry in respect of the seven accused namely Palana Sami Suresh, Hettiarachchilage Prasath Chandana Kumara, Gamini Seneviratne, Pradeep Chaminda, Sivakanthan Vivekanandan alias Charan, Fabian Royston Tusen and Sampath Munasinghe.

Meanwhile, two suspects Hettiarachchilage Prasath Chandana Kumara and Gamini Seneviratne who were arrested in connection with the incident were ordered to be further remanded till December 22 by the Additional Magistrate.

Parliamentarian Raviraj was shot dead near his residence at Manning Town in Narahenpita in 2006 when his vehicle was being driven by Raviraj along Martha Road.

The CID had recovered the trishaw and the weapon allegedly used in the killing of former parliamentarian. 


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