Tamil Diplomat

Assassination of Raviraj; accused to be tried before jury

The accused in the case of the killing of former Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj and his bodyguard sergeant Lakshman Lokuwella are to be tried before a special jury.

The order was made by Colombo High Court Judge Manilal Waidyathilake yesterday. He made the order sequel to an application by Senior Deputy Solicitor General Rohantha Abeysuriya and the Defence Counsel.

Counsel for the aggrieved party President’s Counsel K. V. Thevarasa objected to a special jury on the grounds that the accused were charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Criminal Procedure Code. However, the High Court decided that the accused and the defence had the right to ask for a special jury and granted that request.

The three accused, Gamini Seneviratne, Pradeep Chandane and Prasad Chandana Kumara, were remanded till the conclusion of this case. Two other accused- one is overseas and the other missing- are to be tried in absentia.