Top cops ordered in court over abductions

The Appeals Court in Colombo issued summons today on the police including IGP N.K. Illangakoon over a petition filed by the family members of two missing people.

The Young Lawyer’s Association said that the family members of the two people who went missing last November in Biyagama and Mattakuliya, had filed the petition after an attempt to seek government assistance had failed.

A spokesman for the Young Lawyer’s Association told the Colombo Gazette that one person who went missing in November was also a suspect in a mob attack on the Mattakuliya police station last year.

The spokesman said that the family members of three missing people had filed petitions in court but the Judge agreed to hear two cases while the other petition had to be amended as some details were not mentioned.

The Young Lawyer’s Association said the judge had ordered the IGP, the Colombo Crimes Division Director and the Mattakuliya OIC to appear in court on October 17 together with the Attorney General.

“The Judge wants the police to either say where these missing people are or the steps taken to locate them,” the Young Lawyer’s Association said.

When the petitioners had initially sought government assistance to locate their family members, the Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga, had responded saying the missing people could not be found, the Young Lawyer’s Association said.

Report by Easwaran Rutnam