"Police obtained confession under duress"

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 17 February 1999, 15:49 GMT]
The Eastern High Court Judge A.N.Ramachandran today acquitted a woman charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) after medical evidence revealed that she had made the confession under duress, while in police custody.

In this case, Maniam Wijeyaledchchumi,19,of Murakoddanchenai in the Batticaloa district was charged for failing to provide information about some cadres of the Liberation Tigers, to security forces.

She was arrested by the Sri Lankan Army in September,1997 at Murakoddanchenai sentry point.

When the case came up before the Eastern High Court today, the State Counsel moved for a date to record the evidence of a Senior Superintendent of Police who recorded the confession of the accused.

The defence counsel objected to the application stating that the said police officer had failed to attend the court on the previous five appointed dates.

The Court upheld the objection and directed to record the evidence of the District Medical Officer who examined the accused while in police custody.

Dr.S.Chandrapalan said in evidence that he examined the accused and found burn marks and healed wounds on the body of the accused when she was produced from police custody, before she made the confession submitted in court.

At that stage, the High Court Judge acquitted the accused stating that it had been proved that the accused had made the confession under duress, during the interrogation period.

 

Latest 15 Reports
21.06.18 16:24   Photo
Jaffna Tamil fishers mobilise against southern poaching, expose conduct of SL police
20.06.18 11:52  
Wigneswaran's secretary accuses SL Presidential Secretariat of dodging land release in North
19.06.18 18:33   Photo
SL military stationed in 6,275 acres of public and private lands in Vaakarai, Batticaloa
18.06.18 23:05  
Occupying SL Police in Jaffna again blamed for dodging action on criminal policemen
17.06.18 23:51   Photo
SL policemen fire to kill Tamil man at Church premises in Mallaakam, Jaffna
16.06.18 20:31  
US naval, seismic partnerships with genocidal Sri Lanka bring miseries to Eezham Tamils in Trincomalee
15.06.18 21:07   Photo
Swiss ruling, a precedent-setting victory for Right of Self-Determination oriented freedom fighters
14.06.18 20:03  
Only an international investigation would establish truth on enforced disappeared
13.06.18 22:37   Photo
Colombo schemes Sinhala military-led industrialisation of KKS exploiting geopolitics
12.06.18 19:49   Photo
Mannaar mass grave could be from early 1990s, shocking details emerge
11.06.18 14:38  
Sirisena yet to revoke Gazette notification of Colombo's seizure of Champoor lands
10.06.18 19:14  
Tamil families caught in dilemma of transferring lands in Seruvila, Trincomalee
09.06.18 19:04  
SL military attempts to rout out Tamil shop owners in Ampaa'rai village
08.06.18 18:17  
131 Sinhala Buddhist installations crop up in North after 2009: NPC
07.06.18 13:56   Photo
Encroaching Sinhala monk receives official recognition from SL Archaeology Department
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=2905