Court rejects confession, frees PTA detainee

[TamilNet, Saturday, 11 November 2000, 15:35 GMT]
A Tamil youth who was charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was acquitted by the Eastern High Court on Thursday when it was brought to the notice of the Judge that the confession had not been signed by the accused.

In this case, the Attorney General indicted Sithamparapillai Rajan alias Rasu of Santhiveli, Murakottanchenai in Batticaloa district under the PTA. In one case the accused was charged for attempting to cause death to security personnel with explosives. In the other case, he was charged with obtaining arms training from the LTTE.

In the first case the accused pleaded not guilty and the case went for full trial. During the course of trial, the defense attorney Mr.Abdul Sattar brought to the notice of the court that neither the signature nor the thumb impression was obtained from the accused during his confession. Furthermore the confession was recorded by a police officer who had no knowledge of Tamil language.

The High Court Judge then rejected the confession submitted by the prosecution against the accused. When the State Attorney informed court that the prosecution only depended on the confession by the accused to prove the charge, the High Court Judge acquitted the accused who was on remand for the last two and a half years since his arrest by the security personnel.

In the second case, the State Attorney withdrew the charges against the accused stating that the prosecution had no further evidence against the accused other than the confession obtained from him.

Accordingly, the High Court Judge discharged the accused from that case too.

 

Latest 15 Reports
21.10.17 21:46  
Unitary constitution imposing choice irrelevant to fundamentals needs rejection by Tamils
20.10.17 07:02  
Jaffna University students boycott classes against manipulative justice of genocidal Sri Lanka
19.10.17 17:11   Photo
Sirisena disappoints student leaders, Cooray humiliates families of hunger-striking prisoners
18.10.17 23:45  
Eastern Provincial Land authority discriminates Tamils
17.10.17 18:46   Photo
Paramilitary operative employed at Cooray's secretariat in Jaffna harasses public servants
16.10.17 07:15   Photo
UN Refugee agency ignorant of stranded Tamil refugees in Indonesia
15.10.17 19:12  
Tamil fisherman rammed by intruding Sinhala fishermens’ boat, fishing disputes escalate in Jaffna
14.10.17 07:34   Photo
Tamil protesters confront Maithiripala Sirisena in Jaffna
13.10.17 17:40   Photo
North at standstill, Sampanthan not to accompany Sirisena to Jaffna
12.10.17 23:35  
SL military postpones land release for 2 years as UN awarded Colombo with 2 more years in Geneva
11.10.17 23:48   Photo
20 Tamil organisations to lay siege to SL Governor's office on Friday
10.10.17 22:05   Photo
SL ‘Manipulative Justice’ exposed once again in Tamil political prisoners’ case: Sivapalan
09.10.17 22:09  
Protests gain momentum as hunger-striking political prisoners’ health deteriorates
08.10.17 23:00   Photo
SL constitutional discourse seen coupled with ‘Vision 2025’ policy of genocidal Sri Lanka
07.10.17 23:21  
Colombo brings Sinhala private partnerships to wage structural genocide in Vanni
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=5570