11 December, 2017

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Court Of Appeal Reinstates Raviraj’s Murder Trial Appeal

Following submissions made by the counsel of slain TNA MP Nadaraja Raviraj’s family, the Court of Appeal which dismissed the appeal against the Colombo High Court judgement, today reinstated the appeal against the judgment.

Raviraj

Raviraj

On January 20, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against the verdict delivered by the Colombo High Court filed by the victim’s wife Shashikala Raviraj on grounds that the plaintiffs were not present in court when the case was taken up for consideration.

However today, when the counsel of Raviraj’s family, M. A. Sumanthiran made submissions to the Court of Appeal, the bench after considering the submissions decided to reinstate the appeal.

In December, the Colombo High Court acquitted all five suspects including three former intelligence officers of the Sri Lanka Navy. The decision was received with vehement opposition with even Ministers in the government condemning the court decision and also questioning the independence of the country’s judiciary.

Raviraj was shot dead in November 2006 in Colombo.

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    The Raviraj family’s lawyers were not given sufficient notice of the appeal hearing and hence could not appear. [Edited out]

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      Those stupid judges of the court of appeal may have wanted Raviraj to get up from his grave and file the plaint in court.
      Now they have realized their folly and allowed the case to be heard. So much for the impartiality of judicial system.

  • 21
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    Clearly we need an INTERPOL involvement in all the cases connected to the Rajapaksas criminal network…

    Invite them immediately so that we can speed up the progress on all these investigations…

    Our locals clearly don’t have the skills to conduct these investigations properly…

    • 6
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      I don’t think Sri Lankan cops are idiots but they are not allowed to do their proper by politicians and as the country has not held them professionally accountable a good portion of them are corrupted.

      Its way past time to drain the sump: Sri Lanka a paradise island is screwed.

      • 12
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        Burt, you are correct. If we get help from INTERPOL they will have some back up and those preventing these cases from progressing would be exposed…

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          Sunil, do not be silly.The Scotland Yard was brought down over the killing of Lalith Athulathmudali.I do not know what their report says, but in an article written by Hemantha Warnakulasuriya in the Island, Warnakulasuriya says that the verdict was that the assailant was shot at by LS’s body guard and sustained injuries. The injuries was caused by a bullet in his spine. From the position of the shooting and the discovery of the assailants body, the distance was quiet a distance and how that killer did that dash with a bullet in his spine should be recorded as a ninth world wonder.Scotland yard was silent.

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      Not Interpol but definitely foreign judges are required to give unbiase judgments. It is very clear from this case.

  • 7
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    Justice seems reinstated. I trust this glimmer of hope will not be jeopardised by the hotheads in our parliament.

  • 6
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    Let there be no silly mistakes in the future, (no non-representations) and let justice be done. Murder is no joke.

  • 2
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    There is a lot more to this story. Sumanthiran’s submissions could not give three dates for hearings because some documents concerning the court order were still not written out. His submissions stated that the dates would be given as soon as the file was complete. Then a judge took up the matter. Mysteriously only the lawyers for the accused knew bout it and appeared. But Sumanthiran ws not informed and was absent. This is how that unethical judge dismissed the appeal.

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      “This is how that unethical judge dismissed the appeal.”

      Why would you call him only unethical? Isn’t that how the dirty game player AG planned his appeal and instructed all others to follow?

      Is there a way to have AG’s appeal dismissed? All his intentional is delaying any verdict until EU and President Trump take decision on UNHRC resolution.

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      CaoC
      Are you sure of the details?
      Did Sumanthiran made the claim in his plea for reinstatement of the appeal?

  • 0
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    Fiat justitia ruat caelum:
    Let justice be done though the heavens fall.

    Will this famous dictum be applicable to certain sections of our present Judiciary?

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