Wednesday, 22nd September 2021

Eknaligoda case: Attorney General asks Chief Justice to appoint 3 judge bench

Colombo, Aug 10 (BAN/ AD): Chief Justice has been asked by the Attorney General to appoint a 3 member bench to hear the case on the abduction and disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda.

The Attorney General has sent a letter to the Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya has stated that the accused in this case could be charged under eight counts for violating the Penal Code. During 2010 presidential elections journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda disappeared and has been detained at a military base in Girithale.

It has been revealed that Ekneligoda was blindfolded and interrogated openly in the camp. Telephone records and cell tower data have confirmed what has happened in the Girithale camp. According to information provided by the Attorney General, there is sufficient evidence to charge nine persons with the abduction and disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda.

Since it is a high-profile case and has received attention locally as well as internationally and the accused are being military officers of various ranks, hence a trial by a special High Court to deliver justice should be constituted.

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