Plans afoot to transfer Sinhala doctor suspect out of Jaffna
[TamilNet, Thursday, 15 July 2010, 16:25 GMT]
Intention of taking the Sinhala doctor suspected in the killing of Tharsika in Veala’nai government hospital out of Jaffna peninsula came to light when Oorkaavattu’rai police requested permission from Magistrates court to transfer the case to Anuradapura court Thursday claiming safety of the suspect, legal sources in Jaffna said. Meanwhile, Jaffna prison authorities and Oorkaavattu’rai police Thursday submitted contradicting reports in Oorkaavattu’rai court on why the suspect was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit in Jaffna Teaching Hospital (JTH) Wednesday night. Prison authorities’ report said that the suspect was suffering from chest pain while the police report said that the suspect had sustained physical injuries in the prison.
Meanwhile, the medical officer who had admitted the suspect to JTH, summoned to Oorkaavattu’rai court Thursday, told the court that the suspect was in normal health condition without any injury at the time of admittance.
Oorkaavattu’rai magistrate fixed the next inquiry into the case for 19 July and directed the Judicial Medical Officer in JTH to submit the suspect to medical examination and produce the report in the court.
The magistrate further directed the police to continue to keep the suspect in JTH under police protection.
Oorkaavatturai police seeking permission to move the case to Anuardapura court and to transfer the suspect to Anuradapura prison reveals the interest shown in taking the suspect out of Jaffna peninsula, legal sources in Jaffna said.
The Sinhala doctor suspect arrested by police Tuesday under suspicion of involvement in the killing of Tharsika from Charava'nai, a family consultant nurse Saturday in Veala’nai government hospital in the islets of Jaffna, was produced in Oorkaavattu’rai magistrate court Wednesday.
Magistrate Vasanthasenan had directed the police to place him in Jaffna Remand Prison until 21 July.
A relative of the Sinhala doctor suspect who is a high officer in Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) in the islets of Jaffna had managed to save him from the enraged residents of Veala’nai Saturday.
Interested political persons then had the suspect transferred first to one hospital and then to another in Jaffna peninsula to hide him.
The suspect was then kept in the office of Health Department in Jaffna avoiding arrest by police.