Colombo (Sri Lanka), December 10: Former Director of the Criminal Investigation department (CID) Shani Abeysekara has filed a fundamental rights petition in the Supreme Court seeking a declaration that his arrest and remand is illegal.
Inspector General of Police C.S. D. Wickramaratne, Director of the Colombo Crimes Division, ASP Neville Silva, former CID Inspector Nishantha De Silva, Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon and the Attorney General have been named as respondents.
Petitioner Shani Abeysekara has stated that he has been arrested and remanded on charges of fabricating evidence in the murder of millionaire businessman Mohamed Siyam.
Mr. Abeysekara has stated in his petition that he is currently hospitalized with COVID-19 virus and is facing a serious health threat.
He points out in his petition that there is not enough evidence to arrest and detain him.
Shani Abeysekara has stated that his arrest and remand is illegal and has requested that a verdict be given stating that his fundamental rights have been violated and that the respondents pay a compensation of Rs. 3 million.
In addition, the petitioner has requested the apex court to order the IGP to provide adequate security to the petitioner if he is taken out of the prison for investigations including weapons search while in remand custody.
Shani Abeysekara’s bail application was rejected by the Gampaha High Court yesterday (09).
Siyam Mohamed of Bambalapitiya was kidnapped and murdered by a team of police officers served under former DIG Vaas Gunawardena. Six suspects Former DIG Vass Gunawardana and his son Ravindu Gunawardana were sentenced to death in 2015 after they were found guilty of the murder of the millionaire businessman.
Shani Abeysekara and Sub Inspector Mohan Mendis were arrested for providing false information, fabricating and concealing evidence in the case.
Source: Colombo Page