Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya today extended the detention of former Chief Minister of the Eastern Province Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan till December 10.
Pillyan was arrested on October 11 when he arrived at the CID to give a statement in connection with the assassination of ex-MP Joseph Pararajasingham, who was shot dead on Christmas Eve in 2005.
The Colombo Chief Magistrate had permitted the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to detain Pillayan for questioning till today (November 04) when he was produced before the court.
The magistrate extended the detention order till December 11 following a request by the CID when the case was taken up today.
Gunmen opened fire on TNA MP Pararajasingham just after he received communion at St Mary’s church in Batticaloa, killing him and injuring eight others, including his wife.
The assassination, which occurred during the official ceasefire between the government and the LTTE, was condemned by Tamils around the world.