Witness, lawyer in Welikada murders case get death threats

Threatening telephone calls were received on the night of July 11 by Sudesh Nandimal Silva, an eyewitness to the killing of 27 inmates at Welikada prison between 09 to 10 November 2012, and lawyer Senaka Perera, who has been fighting for legal action against the killers. The court of appeal on July 07 took up a case seeking a writ order for an immediate investigation and citing the IGP, CID and three others as respondents. But, the attorney general’s department had not come prepared for the hearing, and it was deferred for the 28th.

Senaka Perera is the lawyer cited in the case no. CA/WRIT/NO/130/2017, and also president of the committee to protect rights of prisoners, which has organized protests over the incident.

Around 7.30 pm on the 11th, he received an anonymous telephone call, threatening him that ‘he will be killed if he does not stop both legal action and protests with regard to the Welikada killings.’ By 8.30 pm, he lodged a complaint with Nittambuwa police under no. CIB/iii/54/187. He told Lanka News Web that he would complain to the Bar Association too.

Nandimal is an eyewitness of the Welikada incident, being an inmate himself at the time. He complained to the CID under no. 2/2015 on 02 February 2015. He is a key figure seeking justice and in the related protest campaign. Around 8.45 pm on the 11th, he received a death threat over the phone similar to the one received by Perera. He complained to Tissamaharama police under no. CIB/ii/298/111. He is due to be at the CID today to give a statement.

Protests were staged against the police inaction and petitions moved in the court of appeal. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and others who disrupted the legal proceedings will now find them in trouble.

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