Supporters of Duminda Silva who gathered outside the Hulstdorp Court Complex this afternoon vowed to bring a new President to ensure the release of their ‘leader’.
The enraged supporters expressed deep frustration as the Supreme Court today confirmed the death sentence imposed on Silva by the High Court over the murder of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra.
“We will bring Gotabaya Sir to get him out,” the supporters shouted as Silva was taken away in a tinted van to the Welikada Prison.
Some of Silva’s family members were seen crying as the verdict, delivered by a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Priyasath Depp, was read out. It was widely speculated that Silva would be released today due to a “political deal” of some sort between Siva’s brother Raynor Silva, the owner of ABC media network, and the leaders of the current government.
With the Supreme Court verdict today, Silva has now exhausted all judicial options of securing release. His only way out of prison, from now onwards, is a Presidential pardon granted at the discretion of the incumbent President.
The former Parliamentarian, who was given a death sentence by the Colombo High Court, seemed unfazed when the verdict was delivered. He stood still and muttered “Kamak nehe ithin” (It doesn’t matter)
First accused in the case, Anura Thushara De Mel, a former Police officer and a bodyguard of Silva, was acquitted of all charges by the Supreme Court.
Others acquitted of charges relating to joint possession of weapons.