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HC Trial-at-Bar unanimously rejects Hemasiri’s preliminary objections

The Preliminary objections made by the defence over the case filed against former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando on charges of failing to prevent Easter Sunday attacks despite receiving prior information regarding an impending attack, was yesterday unanimously rejected by the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar.

When the case was yesterday taken up before the Colombo High Court Trail-at-Bar Bench Comprising Colombo High Court Judges Namal Balalle, Adithya Patabendi and Mohammad Irshadeen, President’s Counsel Mohan Weerakoon appearing for accused Hemasiri Fernando informed the court that according to the indictment filed by the Attorney General there is no valid point to pursue charges against his client.

Accordingly, he requested from the Court to acquit and release former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando from the case.

Following that, Deputy Solicitor General Sudharshana de Silva appearing on behalf of the Attorney General told that the case was filed based on sufficient evidence and an accused would not be acquitted and released from the case without conducting a trial.

After considering the facts presented by the both parties, the Colombo High Court trial-at-Bat unanimously rejected the preliminary objections raised by the defence.

Afterwards, the charge sheet consisting 855 charges filed against accused Hemasiri Fernando was read out in the open Court and he declared that he was not guilty of the charges.

On a previous occasion, the case was fixed for day to day trial from November 22 to November 29.

The case will be taken up again for further trial today.

The indictment consisting of 855 charges against former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando were filed by the Attorney General in the Colombo High Court on May 3.

The Attorney General filed indictments in the Colombo High Court against former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando on the basis of accountability of murder and attempted murder under sections 296 and 300 of the Penal Code in connection with the Easter Sunday attacks that took place on April 21, 2019 due to ignoring the sensitive intelligence provided by State Intelligence Service Director Nilantha Jayawardena that Zahran Hashim and his group had organized and prepared to carry out suicide bombings targeting religious places and hotels between April 07, 2019 and April 21, 2019 and completely failing to act on the intelligence.

The Attorney General had indicted him on charges of failing to prevent Easter Sunday attacks despite receiving enough information to prevent attack and alleging that 275 people had died and nearly 500 had been injured as a result of failing to prevent the attacks on charges of murder and attempted murder under Sections 296 and 300 of the Penal Code.


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