The Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar yesterday ordered to re-issue summons on former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda in connection with the indictments filed over the abduction of eleven persons in 2008 and 2009.
The Trial-at-Bar bench comprising High Court Judges Champa Janaki Rajarathne (President), Amal Ranaraja and Nawaratne Marasinghe ordered the CID to dispatch the summons through Acting IGP and Navy Commander directing the accused to be present in courts on February 24.
On January 24, the Court served indictments on 13 accused including Navy intelligence officials in connection with the abduction, torture, extortion and conspiracy to murder eleven persons in 2008 and 2009. Accordingly, indictments consisted with 667 counts under Penal Code were served on thirteen accused except Wasantha Karannagoda.
Former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda who has been named as the fourteenth accused was not present in Court yesterday as well. The Court was informed that both CID and Welikada police were unable to serve summons on former Navy Commander since his residence had been closed down.
Additional Solicitor General Sarath Jayamanne appearing for the Attorney General informed that the prosecution would hand over every essential documents to the defence, which are required during the trial. Meanwhile, the court directed the defence counsel to inspect the relevant documents in the presence of the High Court Registrar to ascertain whether they have received relevant documents pertaining to the indictments. The case will be taken up again on February 24.
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