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Corporal Rajapakse remanded in Jaffna prison
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 28 July 2004, 13:04 GMT]
The Jaffna High Court Judge Mr.K.P.S.Varatharajah Wednesday ordered remand in
Jaffna prison till August 4 for Corporal Rajapakse who was cited as the
first respondent in seven Habeas Corpus applications filed by relatives of
missing persons in Jaffna district during the period 1996-1997 and the
inquiry into these cases were fixed for September 6, legal sources said.
|Corporal Rajapakse inside prison bus
Corporal Rajapakse is currently detained in the Welikada prison after
being sentenced to death in the Krishanthy rape and murder case, legal
Meanwhile, when the sittings of the Jaffna High Court adjourned for lunch
several relatives of missing persons approached the suspect Corporal
Rajapakse and inquired from him the whereabouts of their loved ones
arrested and reported disappeared.
Corporal Rajapakse told them that he was not responsible for the
disappearance of those youths arrested by him. ''I arrested Ariyalai youths
on the orders of my superiors. Later I handed them to my superiors. I will
reveal the names of the army officials in courts when the inquiry into
the HC applications commences. I do not know what happened to
those arrested persons,'' said Corporal Rajapakse to the missing persons'
relatives who were present in Jaffna High Courts.
Corporal Rajapakse was brought to Jaffna by special aircraft from
Colombo-Welikada prison to Palaly and then to Jaffna High Court under heavy
security. He was produced in court as respondent in several HC
applications, which came up for inquiry Wednesday.
Corporal Rajapakse told
the court that he wanted two months to retain a lawyer from the south.
The Judge rejected his application and said that he would
give one-week to retain a lawyer. The Judge further ordered that the
suspect be kept in Jaffna prison.
High Court Judge rejected an application made by prison officials who
brought Corporal Rajapakse from Colombo to Jaffna that Corporal
Rajapakse should be sent back to Colombo for security reasons. The Judge
further said he would inform the Commissioner General of Prisons of his
decision, legal sources said.
The Judge added that the suspect could obtain the services of Legal Aid
(LIA). However, Corporal Rajapakse wanted the service of a lawyer from the
south. LIA officials present in court informed that they could make
arrangements for a lawyer from Anuradhapura to appear for the suspect,
The Judge thereafter fixed the inquiry into the HC applications for
September 6, legal sources said.