Raviraj case to be tried before ‘Special Jury’

Published : 8:14 am  October 28, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (401) reads | 

s2BY SHEHAN CHAMIKA SILVA The Colombo High Court yesterday allowed the conduct of the trial pertaining to the killing of former TNA MP Nadaraja Raviraj in the presence of a Special Jury.

High Court Judge Manilal Waidyathilaka made the decision considering the provisions vested in the Criminal Procedure Code to demand a jury trial by the prosecution or the defence for justifiable reasons. On a previous occasion, the defence attorneys who appeared on behalf of the accused requested for a jury trial consisting of Sinhala speaking members into the murder of the former TNA MP. The Prosecution had sought court to conduct the trial in the presence of a Special Jury which is comprised of seven jurors who are Sinhala speaking Sri Lankan graduates. However, the Counsel who appeared on behalf of the aggrieved party, raised objections against the request stating that a trial by jury could not be allowed in this case since three charges out of five had been levelled under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The High Court judge refused the objection raised by the aggrieved party and allowed the request made by both the prosecution and the defence. Earlier, The Colombo High Court allowed the prosecution to continue the trial into the case under section 241 of the Criminal Procedure Code in the absence of the missing three suspects . There were six suspects indicted by the Attorney General under the Prevention of Terrorism Act over the killing of Raviraj and his driver in 2006.