Friday, December 23, 2011

First shots were fired from Bharatha’s side - CID

The CID informed the court yesterday (Dec. 22) it was from the Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra’s side that the first shots were fired in the Mulleriyawa gunfight.

SP of the CID Shani Abeysekara told Colombo additional magistrate Prasanna Alwis that two spent cartridges found from the scene confirmed that.

The cartridges were from the bullets fired from sergeant J. Gamini, the bodyguard of the slain presidential advisor, said the police officer.

The court was taking up the murder of the presidential advisor and three others in the incident on October 08.
Sergeant Gamini is still receiving treatment at Narahenpita Police Hospital under CID custody.

MP Duminda Silva, also injured in the shootout, is being treated at a private hospital in Singapore.

He was taken there November 02 in a jet specially equipped to transport patients, police said.

President’s counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, who represents MP Silva, on November 28 produced 19 photographs of a scan, showing injuries to his brain and skull as well and entry and exit points of the bullets.

His submission also claimed the firing took place as the MP was looking at the ground, and after an exchange of blows, Premachandra fell to the ground first and MP Silva fell on top of him.

The PC said it was questionable who had shot the MP, adding that everything had happened within a space of 30 seconds.

All the other shots were fired after the MP was shot, he claimed.

The case will be taken up again on January 03.

source : srilankamirror

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