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Judge sidelines 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 judicial officer.
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 July 26.

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