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Monday 18 December 2017
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Transferring case from one court to another for the security of the witnesses is illegal: NPC CM, Justice C.V.Wigneswaran

Transferring case from one court to another for the security of the witnesses is illegal: NPC CM, Justice C.V.Wigneswaran

It is legally condemnable to transfer a case to another court for witnesses. It seems to a be a lame excuse when the witnesses are afraid to testify in a Northern court, when more than 150,000  soldiers are stationed in the North. Further the police could bring the witnesses to the court and take them back to their homes, said the NPC CM, Justice C.V.Wigneswaran.

Elaborating further he had said that as per information received by him two the TPPs were arrested in 2009 and kept in prison without being charged till 20012 when the 3rd TPP was arrested and the case was filed in Vavuniya against them.

The case was postponed for more than fifty times and the court ordered 3 days final hearing, when the case was transferred to Anurathapura court. This is an irresponsible action. The Judge at Vavuniya court transferred the case with much dissatisfaction.

The TPPs are accused that they killed some people under their custody. Three co-accused were converted to government witnesses on the promise of being released from the case. The Government seemed to be concerned about the witnesses.

I see some politics here. If the charges against the TPPs are proved in court, that could be used by the Government to show that LTTE also committed war crimes. That is why they are  trying to bring a decision they want from a southern court.

Whatever said and and done the transferring of the case violate the legal and human rights of the accused. It is condemnable that the Attorney General viewing the case from a subjective stance rather than    an objective one, he had said.


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