For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
When the case into the disappearance of senior journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda was taken up at the Homagama Magistrate’s Court today, the counsel appearing on behalf of Mr. Eknaligoda’s family said he intended calling former Attorney General Mohan Peiris as a witness in the habeas corpus inquiry.
Counsel Chryshmal Warnasooriya appearing with Sonali Wanigabaduge, Supun Wickremeratne and Nalaka Jayasuriya for Ms. Eknaligoda, Sanjay Eknaligoda and Harith Eknaligoda told Magistrate T.P.S.A Perera that Mr. Pieris had commented about the disappearance of Mr. Eknaligoda at the United Nations session in Geneva.
He said as such he wanted to Mr. Pieris to give evidence at the inquiry into the disappearance of Mr. Eknaligoda.
State Counsel Shavendra Wickrama objecting said if the petitioners call witnesses from time to time it would adversely affect the respondents.
He said the petitioners’ counsel were making a submission to call Mr. Pieris based on hearsay and not on concrete proof that the former Attorney General commented on the disappearance of Mr. Eknaligoda.
Mr. Warnasooriya said he made the submission on credible information and further undertook to submit in court a CD containing Mr. Pieris’s speech made at the UN session.
The inquiry was put off for January 23.
The petitioners filed the habeas corpus application in the Court of Appeal citing DIG Nandana Munasinghe, Homagama HQI and former IGP Mahinda Balasuriya as respondents.
The Appeal Court referred the matter to the Homagama Magistrate’s Court for further inquiry. (T. Farook Thajudeen)