No investigation on furore inside High Court: Police spokesman

By Damith Wickremasekera

An investigation into the unruly behaviour of several persons inside Colombo High Court Number One shortly after the judgment in the ‘White Flag’ case was delivered, which led to damage of some courthouse property cannot be investigated as no formal complaint has been lodged in this regard, Police media spokesman SP Ajith Rohana said.

“If the Police receive a formal complaint, then we can begin an investigation but so far no such complaint has been lodged,” he said. However Police are investigating the damage caused to two prison vehicles as the former Army Commander was being led out of the courthouse to be taken back to prison that day, he said.

“Prison officials have made two complaints to the Keselwatte Police and they are probing the matter. No arrests have been made so far but we are on the lookout for the suspects,” SP Rohana said. Meanwhile a senior Prison official confirmed that security for Mr. Fonseka has been enhanced after the violent incidents that took place as he was being taken back to prison.

“Prisons officials behaved in a very restrained manner despite Mr. Fonseka behaving in a provocative manner that day. One of the prison officials was injured while several had the buttons and rank emblems in their uniforms pulled out,” the official who wished to remain anonymous said.

He added that it was due to the timely action taken by Prison personnel present at the scene that ensured Mr.Fonseka was taken back safely to prison because he could have been injured if he was taken out of the main entrance.

Meanwhile the former Army Commander appeared before the Court of Appeal on Friday for the hearing of his writ application challenging his removal from his Parliamentary seat.

It was the first time Mr. Fonseka made a public appearance after his conviction in the ‘White Flag’ case by the Colombo High court.

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