Attorney-at-law Viran Corea appearing for former CID Director Shani Abeysekara informed the Court of Appeal today that his client’s life is in danger due to poor health condition.

Viran Corea made these remarks when the revision applications filed by CID former Director Shani Abaysekara and Sub Inspector Sugath Mendis were taken up before the Court of Appeal.

They are seeking an order to release them on bail.

Viran Corea submitted to the court that there is a grave urgency since the period the suspect is being held is far too long. Corea told that Shani Abaysekara is arguably Sri Lanka’s finest investigator and his life and health are being placed in jeopardy by officials who are delaying the investigation and obstructing his liberty.

Corea observed that it is established law that remand is not a means of punishment and should only be allowed strictly only to the extent necessary, and the time taken is far too excessive.

“Even seasoned criminals are treated better. In this instance, the allegations are lacking all credibility and should be treated as such. The suspect should be granted bail at the earliest as there is a grave concern for his wellbeing and health,” Corea added.

The Court of Appeal directed the Attorney General to file objections by the 29th of April without asking for more time because counsel for the petitioner urged that there is an urgency.

Filing revision applications through their lawyers, the petitioners requested the Court of Appeal to revise and set aside Gampaha High Court’s order to refuse bail and sought an order to grant bail to the petitioners on any condition that court shall seem fit.

Shani Abeysekara was arrested by CCD for allegedly fabricating evidence in the murder of businessman Mohammed Shiyam in 2013 in which then DIG Vass Gunawardena and several others were sentenced to death for committing and conspiring to commit murder.


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