Tissa Attanayake case: Postponed for Feb 12

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MB_4-14By T. Farook Thajudeen   

The High Court case filed against former General Secretary of UNP Tissa Attanayake for displaying a fraudulent document to the public via media was postponed for February 12. 

 

 When the case was taken for trial before High Court Judge Vickum Kaluararchchi yesterday it was postponed for February 12 due to non-presence of Prosecuting Counsel to the case as he had appeared before the Permanent trial- at-bar High Court for another case against former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and several others.   


Mr. Attanayake was in remand custody for displaying the fraudulent document to the public during the last Presidential Election allegedly in a deliberate attempt to affect the results of then Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena and allegedly to create religious hatred among different ethnic groups. Later he was released on bail.   


Fifteen prosecution witnesses including President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were summoned to appear before Court to give evidence for the prosecution.  He was charged under Section 3(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act No. 56 of 2007 accusing to have publicly announced on December 22, 2014 that there was a secret agreement between the then Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.   


The Attorney General alleged that he had committed an offence under Section 3(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act No. 56 of 2007 by inciting racial or religious hatred among ethnic communities.   


It is a punishable offence under Section 3(1) of the ICCPR that no person shall propagate war or advocate national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to cause discrimination, hostility or violence which is punishable under Sections 454 and 459 of the Penal Code. He was accused to have forged the document and displayed it to the public as genuine by committing an offence under Section 80-C of the Presidential Election Act for displaying a fake document prior to an election, for the purpose of affecting the result of that election in relation to the personal character or conduct of any candidate.     

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