White van abductions: Court calls for details of Mervyn’s statement

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By Shehan Chamika Silva
Mervyn-SilvaThe Colombo Chief Magistrate, yesterday, directed the CID to submit details of the complaint made to them by former minister Mervyn Silva, in January, regarding the ‘white van abductions’ that took place during the tenure of the previous government. 

Court calls for details of Mervyn’s statement
In relation to the Habeas Corpus applications filed concerning three alleged abductions reported in the Matakkuliya area in 2011, Mr. Silva was noticed to appear as a witness based on a statement he had made to the CID. 

When the cases were taken up for hearing on Wednesday (11), Senior State Counsel Wasantha Perera, appearing for the defendants, told the magistrate that Mr. Silva’s statement to the CID in January would be valid only if it was directly related to these three cases. 
He therefore maintained that Mr Silva’s complaint to the CID was irrelevant to the case and asked court to stop it from being brought in as evidence. However, Counsel Nuwan Gopage, appearing for the petitioners, said that Mr. Silva had been noticed to appear in court on the basis of the circumstantial evidence, which was allowed in Habeas Corpus cases. 

Appearing for the former minister, Counsel Prasad Silva told the magistrate that his client didn’t have any direct evidence pertaining to these three cases, but that he would be willing to give a statement with regard to the ‘white van abductions’, just as he had given one to the CID in January. 

Thereafter, the magistrate directed the CID and the state counsel to provide Court with a copy of the complaint made by the former minister to the CID. Court also  directed the CID to request for an order to summon Mr. Silva, if needed, at the next hearing on January 26, 2016.