Sri Lanka’s highest ranking serving military officer Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne was remanded till December 05 by Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dassanayake.
The magistrate denied bail request presented by the Chief of Defence Staff’s lawyers and named him the second accused in the case over abductions and killings of 11 youth by a Navy affiliated criminal gang.
The Magistrate refused bail to the accused on the grounds that there would be obstructions to the investigations if the court granted bail to the Chief of Defence Staff.
This was the first time a serving military chief was remanded over a criminal offence in the history of Sri Lankan judiciary. Wijegunaratne is charged with aiding the main suspect in the case, Chandana Hettiarachchi alias Navy Sampath, to abscond the Police.
Admiral Wijegunaratne, who failed to appear before CID twice to gave a statement on the abductions and killings of 11 youth, appeared at the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today in his military regalia.
The Magistrate censured Wijegunaratne for appearing before the court in his military uniform and the lawyers representing the Chief of Defence Staff said that Wijegunaratne was “at work” this morning and had no clue that he would be asked to get into the dock.