By Malinda Seneviratne –
Duminda Silva, MP (UPFA) is something else. First he was accused of murdering ex-UPFA MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. He was supposed to have sustained severe gunshot injuries and was said to have been fighting for his life while the funeral rites were being administered on Premachandra. Then he was whisked out of the country, purportedly for treatment. Then he returned – straight to hospital. Stories were circulated to the effect that he was recovering – slowly. Doctors and lawyers stood for him, trotting out reasons that warranted continued hospitalization. Then he was granted bail. Was this for lack of evidence to warrant continued ‘incarceration’ (note quotation marks)? Did the AG’s Department solicit further information from the Police? We don’t know. He walks out of hospital, in the best of health. He brags about returning to politics and claims he is fullyy recovered. There are no scars to be seen. A miracle in plastic surgery, perhaps? He is laughing and that is no crime. If he is innocent, then he could laugh even louder. But if there is something called circumstantial evidence, then either the circumstances or the evidence appear to be fishy (putting it mildly here) with respect to health and healing. If justice should be done AND seem to be done, then much is being revealed. Duminda Silva seems to be having the last laugh (for now) but will he laugh the longest and the loudest? But time is long and so too the arm of the law.
R. Duminda Silva’s underworld connections by Bharatha Lakshman
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*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com