Raviraj murder case before a special jury; lawyer expresses disappointed

Updated: 11:58 GMT, Oct 28, 2016 | Published: 11:33 GMT, Oct 27, 2016 |

Colombo High Court Judge Manilal Waidyatilaka on Thursday (Oct 27), permitted a special jury to hear the trial on the murder of former TNA Jaffna District MP Nadaraja Raviraj.

Lawyer Thavarasa said that he was disappointed on the decision to hear the trial before a special jury.

The defendant’s attorney had requested a special jury including Sinhala speaking members earlier this month.

The Attorney General filed indictments against six accused, earlier this year.

The accused – Palana Sami Suresh alias Sami, Prasad Chandana Kumara alias Sampath, Gamini Seneviratne, Pradeep Chaminda alias Vajira, Sivakanthan Vivekanandan alias Charan and Fabian Royston Tusen are charged on five counts under the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and Penal Code.

Raviraj was shot dead near his residence at Manning Town in Narahenpita in 2006.