Posted on 09.25.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
The Appeal Court yesterday(24) issued an interim injunction preventing the summoning of Gotabaya Rajapakse on the 27 September by the Jaffna Magistrate’s Court over the Lalith, Kugan disappearance case.
Lalith Kumar Weeraraju and Kuhan Muruganandan went missing on the 9th of December 2011 at Jaffna. Later, Cabinet spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella addressing a cabinet briefing to media, explained that the two political activists are in the custody of security forces and will be produced at the courts. Later when he appeared at Jaffna Magistrates Court he explained that he obtained information from the state security council. So the petitioners of Habeas corpus sought the order to summon former Secretary to Defense Ministry who was also the prime administrative officer at state security council. Aceepting the importance of the evidence to be revealed at the courts, Jaffna Magistrate issued notice to Gatabhaya Rajapaksha on the 3rd of May. But the lawyers of Gotabhaya informed the magistrate court on that day that client is unable to appear owing to personal issues.
When the case was called for the next hearing on 21st of June 2019,Gothabaya’s lawyer told the Jaffna Court that his client had been admitted to an overseas hospital for treatment and therefore is unable participate in the Court session. Then the Judge issued a summon order to Rajapaksha, to appear before the Court on 27th of September.
Seven years ago, a writ of Habeas Corpus was filed in the Court of Appeal to demand the release of Weeraraj and Muruganandan if they were in the custody of the State. An inquiry into the writ commenced at the Jaffna Magistrate’s Court in September 2012.