EPDP man remanded in Nimalarajan murder

[TamilNet, Friday, 02 August 2002, 20:49 GMT]
The Jaffna Magistrate Friday ordered remand for a member of the Eelam People's Democratic party (EPDP) in connection with the murder of journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan on 19 October 2000.

The suspect, David Michael Collin, was arrested few weeks ago in Trincomalee by a special police team from Colombo. The suspect was taken to Colombo and remanded by the Fort magistrate to be produced in Jaffna Magistrates court Friday.

When the suspect was produced, he complained to Magistrate Mr. R. T. Viknarajah that he had been severely assaulted by the police at the Fourth Floor of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Colombo. The police had obtained his confession when he was in an unconscious state, the suspect further said.

The Magistrate ordered that the suspect should undergo medical examination by the judicial medical Officer of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital. The Magistrate further instructed the acting Superintendent of Jaffna prisons to provide maximum security to the suspect.

The Magistrate directed the head of the special investigation unit of the Jaffna Police, Ranjit de Silva, to furnish relevant details regarding the police personnel who had been on duty at the Rakka sentry point on the day of the murder of Nimalarajan and the identification report of the Superintendent of Police.

Further inquiry into this case was put off for August 28.


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