Court directs CID to expedite inquiry against detained Tamil civilians
[TamilNet, Saturday, 19 September 2009, 04:08 GMT]
Colombo Chief Magistrate Nishantha Hapuarachchi Friday directed
the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to expedite the
investigation into the cases against twenty-seven Tamil civilians
arrested in connection with alleged terrorist activities and to
report to the court on the progress made so far, on September 29. The
order was made following Defence Counsel claiming that the Terrorist
Investigation Division (TID) was acting unfairly in its
Senior Defence Counsel Mr. K. V. Thavarasa told court that the TID had
moved to release Daya Master and George Master within four months of
arrest, claiming that they had not been involved in any terrorist
He further said other suspects, who were also arrested under Emergency
Regulations, were unnecessarily kept in remand without a proper trial
for more than a year. Everybody knew that Daya Master and George were
LTTE leaders who had acted as the official translator of the LTTE and
the interpreter of Thamilchelvan respectively. However, the TID moved to
release them on bail claiming that they had no involvement in
Yet the prosecution’s stand was that the two suspects were liable to seven-year imprisonment under Section 5 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
Counsel further said the Pettah Police and several other police
arrested the suspects during search operations on suspicion and thereafter they were remanded under emergency regulations.
The counsel questioned why the TID who were able to release Daya Master
and George within four months, could not finish investigations and
charge these suspects or grant them bail.
Counsel K. V. Thavarasha with S. Kalupahana, Raja Kulendran and M.
Shaheed appeared for the suspects.