Aug 03, 2018

Controversy over ‘B’ report against Navy officers’ lawyer Featured

The lawyer, who now represents the Navy officers accused over the abduction of 11 persons in Colombo, had worked to aid the suspects even when he was representing the Attorney General’s Department previously, CID director Shani Abeysekara says.

The lawyer, Shavindra Fernando, was a deputy solicitor general, president’s counsel and judge advocate of the Navy at the time, and he did not appear for the interests of the CID or the aggrieved party in the abductions, the SP said in open court when the related case was taken up by the Colombo Fort magistrate’s court on July 31, according to ‘Ravaya’.

Fernando did not even allow the investigators to summon some of the accused for questioning and disrupted the investigation, although he was appointed by the AG’s Dept. to make submissions of the CID investigations to the court, said the senior police officer.

Abeysekara said he had no option at the time but to act according that supervising lawyer’s instructions.

He was making an explanation after the suspects’ lawyer, Shavindra Fernando, raised as to why his name was being mentioned in a ‘B’ report by the CID.

State counsel Janaka Bandara noted that investigators had the freedom to mention any matter that they thought relevant to an investigation.

Reports say additional solicitor general Suhada Gamlath has asked the CID to withdraw the ‘B’ report, filed by CID inspector Nishantha de Silva, against Fernando, which is a first of its kind.

De Silva has informed the court that Fernando had influenced him to take leave, instead of appearing for the hearings, on several instances.

He has decided not to withdraw the ‘B’ report in question.

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