request of accused
The case against Sudath Rohana Wettasinghe, an Army Major of
the volunteer force attached to the Ariyalai camp in Jaffna,
commenced before the Mount Lavinia additional district judge
Mrs. Chrisanthi A. Dodangoda.
The Army Major is charged with criminal intimidation for giving
threatening calls to a lawyer on his mobile phone. At the trial
it was revealed that the lawyer filed a land case against the
mother-in-law of the accused on behalf his client who is a
senior judicial officer.
When summons were served against the mother-in-law over the land
case, the accused had given a telephone call to the lawyer’s
mobile phone threatening to harm him and his client, the
According to evidence given by the lawyer at the trial, the
accused had come to know of the lawyer’s mobile telephone number
from the letter of demand sent to the mother-in-law.
The lawyer made complaints to the Mount Lavinia Police, Bar
Association, and to the military police that the accused had
threatened to harm him and his client. On June 14 when the case
came up lawyers appearing for the accused made an application
and requested the court to postpone the case on grounds that the
accused wanted to retain President’s Counsel Daya Perera. But
the Court decided to continue with the trial and recorded the
evidence of the complainant lawyer and postponed the case to